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“A must to see in Osaka”
Review of Osaka Castle

Osaka Castle
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US$132.32*
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Private Full Day Muslim-Friendly Walking Tour of Osaka
Ranked #6 of 1,197 things to do in Osaka
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Once the largest castle in Japan when originally built in the 1580s, this castle has an observation platform with city views and a history museum that uses holograms, 3D pictures and other technologies to describe the history of the castle and the period during which it was built.
Reviewed 4 June 2014

Of course this is the main attraction in Osaka and you can see why. Although not the oldest of castles it really makes a great backdrop to all of your holiday photos

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Reviewed 3 June 2014

A great location and another part of Osaka's history audio kits available however only selected items covered so you do miss out on some information
Well worth the ling walk and photo in samurai clothing

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Reviewed 3 June 2014

This former fortified homestead of toyotomi hideyoshi, and ornate post feudal palace is open to the public and framed in some of the most beautiful gardens in Kansai.

This fortress, lovingly restored several times, and flanked in gold symbolises the unification of japan.

The multiple pagoda leaves this castle to be much more impressive externally, than internally but you do well to spend the small gate price and get there early to bone up on some of Japan's extensive heritage, and speak with one of the helpful garden volunteers to get a heads up on some of the many quirks of this Osaka centrepiece.

Visit the museum, see the observation tower of the castle offering impressive views of Osaka and if you've young children, have them dress up like samurai for a keepsake of your visit.

Thank geckofabulous
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Reviewed 2 June 2014

After Dotonbori, Shinsaibashi, the Aquarium and the Tenjin Matsuri Festival 2013 we felt like something a bit more quiet, so we headed to the Osaka-jo.

It is a very nice castle...surrounded by a very lovely park. The castle itself is pretty massive (and made out of concrete ... the original is long gone). There's no fee to the park or the castle area. Only if you want to go inside. On the castle's hill you have some great city views. There's hasn't been many people at the time we went - around 10am on a weekday. So it's good time to avoid the big crowds.
If you have some time to spare in Osaka, this castle is surely worth your time, even if you aren't interested in castles and history. Be sure to roam around the park for a while too.

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Reviewed 1 June 2014

This castle was first built in 1496 by a high-ranking monk. It was a large temple and held great power and influence until 1580 when it burned to the ground. Another castle was built in this spot by Toyotomi but after his death it fell during the War in 1615. A reconstruction began in 1620 and it took 10 years to complete. The castle played a major role as the base for the Shogunate's control of western Japan. Once again it was destroyed by fire. The site was used by the army as its' base and in 1931, the main tower was reconstructed and operates as the museum today. The area surrounding the Castle was destroyed during the war but has been restored as apark for the historic site. It has interesting grounds and a 5 floor museum outlining the history of the castle and replicas from the periods. There is also a chance to dress up in some of the fashion of those days...interesting and fun to do for a photo op.

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