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Osaka Castle Tours

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Osaka Castle Tours

Looking for a tour to Osaka Castle? Among the many castles built by the clans, Osaka Castle is the most significant one in the Kansai region. This majestic architecture was built in 1583 under the name of Hideyoshi Toyotomi, who was the one of the greatest samurai in Japan history responsible for unifying the country in the 1600s. The construction took 3 years with over ten thousands labors. The finalized project spans over 15 acres and consists of five stories, including a sturdy base built with stone cubes. Like many other ancient castles, the interior was mostly constructed with lumber. The stair connecting to the upper decks are steep, which is a military strategy to hinder invaders from entering the castle.

Due to the structural advantage of the building, the castle had protect Toyotomi from many attacked, including the one led by Tokugawa Leyasu with twice the troops in 1614. Today, some parts of the castle were reconstructed with concrete for better durability. Also for tourism purposes, the furniture had been removed and the castle was partially modified into a museum. While walking around the castle, tourists can see exhibition of the ancient weapons and find educating information related to the Toyotomi period.

What to See in Osaka Castle
Additional to the castle itself, many tourists come for the scenic garden surrounding the castle. West of the castle is the Nishinomaru Garden, which recolor into romantic pink every spring during cherry blossom. The water in the moat is very clear, and you may catch an impressive view of the castle reflecting on the water on sunny day. The Gokurakubashi Bridge, located in the northern part of the park, connects the outer garden to the main castle. Continue strolling around the moat, you will find the Peach Grove and the Plum Grove. The garden is one known to be one of the most scenic in the country.

How to get to Osaka Castle
The nearest metro station is Tanimachi Yonchome Station, allowing travelers to access the castle in a 10 minute walk. JR offers an even more convenient station, the Osakajokoen Station, right in front of one of the entrances.  
Opening Hours: 9:00-17:00,16:30 stop to entry, the opening time will be extended in spring and autumn.
Entrance Ticket: 600 Yen (free for junior high school students and younger than junior high school students)
Address: 1-1 Osakajo, Chuo Ward, Osaka, 540-0002
Duration: 2-4 hours


Osaka Castle Tours

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Most Frequently Asked Questions

  • When is Osaka Castle open?
    Osaka Castle is opened from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, but varies with the different seasons. From November through February, they open until 4:30 pm and during cherry blossom season they open until 9:00 pm. They are closed on Mondays and New Year holidays.
  • What restaurants are by Osaka Castle?
    Restaurants located by Osaka Castle are Crossfield with Terrace Lounge, Tully's Coffee Osaka Castle, Blue Birds Roof Top Terrace, and Dans le Ciel.
  • What attractions are located near Osaka Castle?
    Attractions that are located near Osaka Castle are Osaka Castle Park, Hokoku Shrine, and Osaka Castle Nishinomaru Garden.
  • Is there an admission fee to Osaka Castle?
    The entrance fee for adults who want to enter the Osaka Castle is 600 yen. The admission of children under the ages of 15 can enter for free.
  • Can we go inside the Osaka Castle?
    Yes, you can go inside the Osaka Castle with an entrance fee. The Osaka Castle is surrounded by large walls, gates, turrets, walkways, and peaceful garden areas. Osaka Castle Park is a nice place to visit, and also free, if you do not want to pay the 600 yen to go inside the castle but want to see the Osaka Castle tower.
  • How many floors does Osaka Castle have?
    The inside of the building has eight floors inside with a set of narrow stairs that is available to go to each floor. On each floor is an exhibit, except the top 8th floor, where you can get a view of the city.
  • How do I get from Osaka to Castle Park?
    From Osaka Station, the easiest way to get to Osaka Castle is by taking the Osaka Loop Line to Osakajokoen Station on the northeast side of the park. From there, it is an 18-minute walk through the park grounds to the castle.
  • Do we offer a half-day tour with an English speaking guide to Osaka Castle?
    Yes, we offer an English speaking tour guide, but the cost of a half-day English-speaking guide is the same price as a one day tour.
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