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Osaka Castle (Osaka-jo)
Osaka Castle (Osaka-jo)

Osaka Castle (Osaka-jo)

1-1 Osaka-jo,Chuo-ku, Osaka, 540-0002

The Basics

As one of Osaka’s most popular landmarks, Osaka Castle features in just about every city sightseeing tour—many of these include an Osaka river cruise departing from Osaka Castle Park. Many of the informative displays within the castle are in Japanese only, so it’s a good idea to visit the grounds with a guide who can explain some of the history of what you’re seeing. The castle is also included on the Osaka hop-on hop-off sightseeing pass.

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Osaka Bike Tour to the Neighborhood of Osaka Castle
Osaka Bike Tour to the Neighborhood of Osaka Castle
$66.72 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Fun, Learning, and Giving Back!
Ken and Yuzu were down to earth and very knowledgeable tour guides. We had a blast biking around learning some history and enjoying some light snacks. I highly recommend this tour not only because it was fun but because the organization is helping to stabilize the homeless community by teaching them to fix bikes! If you are into fun while helping the community, this is the event for you!!
K D, Nov 2019

Recent reviews from experiences in Osaka

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Good choice to know the atmosphere of Osaka
kuniyasu_n, Apr 2021
Osaka virtual tour
A hand-made map of sightseeing spots is impressive. Good to have the location image before traveling. On the route there are a lot of Osakan tastes - language, wearing, eating, etc. Shamisen play is something special. Short video introduction for each site is good to have images about the spot. Okonomiyaki and other foods - I need to go there and try.
star-5
A great overview of Osaka
Angelica_G, Apr 2021
Osaka virtual tour
I really felt the spirit of Osaka, which is no mean feat considering it's a tour done with slideshows and videos! Akie and Minako were very friendly and engaging, and they had lots of fun and simple quizzes to make the tour more interactive. It was a great overview of Osaka's culture, history, and cuisine, and it made me really want to visit Osaka once travel is possible again. Thank you All Star Osaka!
star-5
Excellent Shore Excursion
Eddy_Sugiarto, Sep 2019
Osaka's Best and Brightest by Private Vehicle
The trip was excellent. We had a very friendly and patient driver who guided us to the main point of interests in Osaka and Kobe. The driver took us to the good restaurants as well, which were very suitable to our food preference. The vehicle was brand new and clean. We were party of 8, consisting of 5 adults and 3 young children. All of us definitely enjoyed this trip. Thanks to Viator and all the staffs who had assisted us arranging the tour prior to our departure.
star-5
Great Tour!
shannonmoore, Mar 2020
PRIVATE Half-Day Osaka 4-Hour Off-The-Beaten Track Walking Tour
This was an awesome tour and I highly recommend this to anyone that is wanting to see Osaka! The tour guide was very knowledgeable and targeted what your interest were.
star-5
Extremely Professional, knowledgeable and Engaging
Charlar_B, Mar 2020
Private Car Full Day Tour of Osaka Temples, Gardens and Kofun Tombs
It was my 50th Birthday celebration. Levy ensured the trip was memorable and gifted a cake at the end
star-4
A fun way to see Osaka
Ashleigh, Feb 2020
Street Osaka GoKart Tour with Funny Costume Rental
We had a lot of fun and it was a great way to see Osaka. You’re driving on the roads, at full speed with other cars and it is a bit of an adrenaline rush too! Be aware that it might actually just be you and the tour guide - when we went, we were the only ones on the tour. I wouldn’t recommend going in winter if you can avoid it - it was very cold. If you do go, don’t forget gloves!
star-5
Great Tour!
Obereagle, Feb 2020
Osaka's Best and Brightest by Private Vehicle
Great way to see Osaka. Kevin was great and the three of us had a great personal tour. Worth it to have the small group experience. Kevin is very knowledgeable and did a great job tailoring the tour to our needs.
star-5
Private Tour
marvicunanan, Feb 2020
Osaka Full-Day Private Tour with Nationally-Licensed Guide
Mr Jun T san was an amazing guide,very knowledgeable about anything anywhere we want to go, foodie exploration, shopping, cultural experience. Highly recommended.
star-5
Excellent Guide and Osaka experience
quinnk117, Jan 2020
Osaka Half-Day Private Tour with Nationally-Licensed Guide
Mr. Suga was amazing prompt, knowledgeable and great English skills which allowed us to customize the experience. He also assisted in explaining the subway and bus system which gave us the mobility to truly enjoy the city. Highly Recommend this tour and guide!
star-5
Excellent virtual tour
TOYOKO, Oct 2020
Osaka virtual tour
Two guides were friendly and knowledgeable. I enjoyed the tour very much. I highly recommend the tour.
star-5
Many thanks to Hiro!
brabcovamilada, Dec 2019
Osaka Half-Day Private Tour with Nationally-Licensed Guide
My mother needed and private guide for a tour in Osaka. The guide was simply excellent. He picked up my mom in Kobe and showed her all places of her interest in Osaka. Adopted the tour to a senior person for whom is English a second language. Thanks to him my mom has great memories about this tour and about Japan in general.
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Great
snoojake, Nov 2019
Osaka Full-Day Private Tour with Nationally-Licensed Guide
Shigeo was a great guide for me and my mother. We had a wonderful day touring around Osaka and learning many things about the area. He was attentive and made sure that we were going at our own pace.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The castle is a must-see for history buffs and first-time visitors to Osaka.

  • Wear comfortable shoes suitable for walking over uneven surfaces.

  • Give yourself at least 45 minutes to tour the castle and grounds.

  • All areas of the castle are wheelchair and stroller accessible.

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How to Get There

Osaka Castle is centrally located in the Umeda district and easily accessible by public transportation. Take the Chuo Line to Tanimachi 4-chome (Yonchome) Station or the JR Osaka Loop Line to Osakajo Koen (Osakajokoen) Station. Alternatively take the Aqua-Liner sightseeing boat to the Osaka Castle stop.

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Trip ideas

Top Temples and Shrines in Osaka

Top Temples and Shrines in Osaka


When to Get There

The museum within the castle is open daily from 9am to 5pm, and the structure itself remains illuminated from sunset until 11pm. Home to some 4,000 cherry trees, the castle grounds are particularly stunning during the spring cherry blossom (sakura) season, typically in early April.

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A Royal Photo Op

Castle visitors looking to take home a unique souvenir have the chance to don a full set of period clothing—replete with helmet, surcoat, and kimono—for a quick castle photo op (not included in the price of admission).

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