Osaka Castle – Osaka | Travel Information

The Osaka Castle is nearby the Abeno Harukas

Osaka Castle is one of the most iconic sites in all of Osaka. It is a prime example of Japanese Architecture and design, and creates a section of culture in the metropolitan sector of Osaka. It was first completed in 1583, by Toyotomi Hideyoshi. Hideyoshi ruled the country at the time. It was occupied by the Toyotomi Clan, until 1615, where it was attacked by the Tokugawa troops of whom destroyed the castle. It was later rebuilt 1620’s by the Tokugawa Clan. When it comes to Historic monuments in Japan, they aren’t necessarily weather proof – particularly when it comes to lightning. 

The Castle was struck, then burnt down by lightning in the mid 1600’s. After Several centuries, the castle was rebuilt. There are numerous artifacts and memorabilia from the original castle scattered throughout the upper levels. 

Osaka Castle is nearly completely surrounded by water. there are two moats which you need to cross at the gates or the bridges to get to the castle. Of course, Moats were used as a defense mechanism, which prevented attackers from attacking wherever they wanted. Instead, the moats, bridges and gates forced the attackers into choke hold points for easier defense. The Osaka Castle is quite popular among locals and tourists alike, and it’s quite busy pretty much all the time. You won’t encounter long lines, but you may have to wait a few minutes for service, or to enter the castle.  There are several floors to the castle, and each floor gets smaller and smaller.

The very top floor of the castle serves as the observation deck. During the busy tourist season, it can be quite hard to get around up there, but if you go early morning, or during the winter, you won’t have any issue getting a good view of the city. Even during the busy season, it’s not that bad. You might have to be quick if you see an open spot at the edge, and it might be a little congested because it is the top floor and therefore the smallest. If you want, there are also several shops scattered through the castle which sell some great souvenirs definitely worth checking out! 

Osaka Castle is really easy to get too, but it does involve a tad bit of walking – it’s quite flat though, except for the steps to the main gate. There are a couple of train stations which connect on the Osaka Loop line, which is a train network which circles the city, and it’s probably the most useful train network in the city.

Fun for Children & Families

Good for 1 - 2 People

Good for Groups

Wheelchair Friendly

Accepts Cash

Doesn't Accept Credit Cards

Admission & Hours

  • 9:00am-5:00pm (Final entry at 4:30pm)
  • 600

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