Osaka Castle – Osaka | Travel Information

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 Osaka Castle is nearby the Abeno Harukas


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 will need to cross to get to the main castle keep. Moats were used as a defense mechanism, which forced attackers into choke hold points for stronger defense.

The Osaka Castle is quite popular among locals and tourists alike, and is popular year round. You won’t encounter long lines, but you may have to wait a few minutes for service, or to enter the castle.  Inside the castle, you can find the Osaka Castle museum which gives a details history of the castle and its purpose over time.

The top floor of the castle serves as the observation deck. The observation deck is quite narrow and you might be a little squished during peak times, but it is not difficult to get a good view of the city from as people move around the observation deck quickly.

Admission & Hours

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

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Accessing Osaka Castle

Osaka Castle can easily be accessed from Morinomiya Station on the south end of Osaka Castle Park, or from Osakajokoen Station. Both stations are located on the Osaka Loop Line, and are both about a 5-10 minute walk from the base of the castle keep.

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