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  • Osaka Castle

  • Osaka Castle Outer Moat

  • Osaka Castle Otemon Gate Entrance

  • Osaka Castle

  • Osaka Castle With The Osaka Shudokan

  • Osaka Castle Outer Wall

  • Osaka Castle Otemon Gate

  • Osaka Castle Tamon Yagura Turret Gate

  • Osaka Castle Tamon Yagura Turret Gate

  • Osaka Castle Hommaru (Inner Bailey)

  • Tenshu-kaku The Main Tower Of Osaka Castle

  • Osaka Castle

  • Osaka Castle

  • Osaka Castle Nishinomaru Garden

  • Osaka Castle Hammaru With The Former Osaka City Museum

  • Osaka Castle Outer Wall

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Facts & Figures

Osaka Castle is the most famous castle in Japan. It is the iconic symbol of Osaka and a very popular sightseeing spot. Some people are attracted to the castle for the beautiful ume blooms, while others go there to discover the rich history of Japan. Best Ryokans in OsakaExplore Ryokans in Osaka
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The castle played a significant role in the unification of Japan during the grueling Samurai era that lasted throughout the sixteenth century. The castle grounds of the Osaka Castle are vast spanning an area of 60,000 square meters. It has a total of 13 magnificent structures which include turrets and well-decorated gates that have been declared significant cultural assets by the Japanese government. Needless to say, if you want to enjoy the grounds, there is a lot of walking involved. The castle tower and museum are the most dominant structures. A visit to the museum is necessary if you are interested in learning about how the feudal era operated. The museum also has various exhibitions such as the Golden Tea Room whose interior is adorned with gold accessories from the ceiling and pillars to the wares in which the tea is served. There is also an observation deck that can give visitors a vantage point if they want to look over the city. Other spots to explore include the Gokurakubashi Bridge, the Former Japanese Imperial Army Headquarters, the castle wall and yagura (turret) and the Ote-guchi-masugata Square among others.

  • Osaka Castle:
  • Opening Hours: - 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (last entry 4:30 pm)
  • Admission Fee: - 600 yen (adults), free (Junior high school student and Under)

History

Even before the castle helped to draw thousands of visitors to the Osaka region, the land on which the castle sits was influential. For instance, in 1496, a prominent Buddhist monk had a monastery constructed next to the site of the castle. The temple later developed into a large, well-known temple called the Osaka Ishiyama Hongan-ji. The influence of the temple became an issue to the feudal leaders of that time, as well as to Nobunaga Oda who was the first great unifier of Japan. This led to the destruction of the Osaka Honganji Temple when it was burnt to the ground during his unification campaign. It was not until the death of the leader that construction of the Osaka Castle begun in 1583. The castle was built under the leadership of Toyotomi Hideyoshi (1537 - 1598), who acted as the second great unifier and Japan’s first Shogun. The castle would serve as the permanent residence of the ruler. In 1615 after Toyotomi’s death, the castle was taken over by the Tokugawa clan that finally unified the country under the rule of Tokugawa Ieyasu. In the following years the castle itself was destroyed by fire and rebuilt many times. The castle was renovated after WWII to become the large beautiful castle that people enjoy and appreciate today. In 1955 the national government declared Osaka Castle as a "Special Historic Site". In 1997, after 2 years of restoration work, the main tower got his Edo time appearance back.

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The Osaka Castle is located in Chuo-ku (ward), Osaka.

How to get to Osaka Castle?

  • 5min from Tanimachi 4-chrome Station served by Tanimachi and Chuo Subway Line or
  • 10min from JR Osaka Station to Osakajokoen Station by JR Loop Line
  • 15min from Osakajokoen Station (Exit No. 3) to Osaka Castle (Otemon Gate entrance)

Sightseeing spots

Thirteen important cultural structures belong to the castle grounds:

Sakuramon Gate

Otemon Gate

Rokuban-yagura Turret

Ichiban-yagura Turret

Inui-yagura Turret

Sengan Turret

Tamon Turret

Kinmeisui Well

Kinzo Storehouse

Enshogura Gunpowder Magazine

3 wall sections around Otemon Gate

more to see:

Osaka Castle Museum - many artifacts are on display about the history of Osaka Castle

Osaka Castle Museum - Observation Deck - enjoy the great view 50m above the ground

Takoishi (Ocotopus Stone) - largest single stone in the wall (130 tons) besides the Sakuramon Gate

Festival & Events (dates can change without notice)

July

Tenjin Matsuri Festival (24th till 25th)
Osaka’s greatest traditional festival (over 1000 years old) and ranked as one of the top 3 festivals in Japan. Enjoy spectecular processions on land and in the water, great fireworks and a unique atmosphere created by the traditional costumes and music. My must-see recommendation for you.

August

Osaka lantern festival / Osaka Jo Lanterns (25th and 26th)
Osaka Castle (Osaka-jo) is once a year decorated with thousands of lanterns lit at its doorstep. Buy your own lantern and be part of this great event.

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