Osaka Castle


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1-12: Mon-Sun: - 09:00-17:00
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About this sight

The Osaka Castle, one of Japan’s Top 100 Castles, with its five tiers, 40m height and impressive rock wall comprising 40,000 rocks, is a symbol of Osaka not to be missed. It is surrounded by a moat and a sprawling 106ha castle park, and the castle and its surroundings make for a popular sakura cherry blossom and autumn leaf hunting venue.

Built at the end of the 16th century by Toyotomi Hideyoshi, the warlord who unified the whole of Japan under his rule, the castle was burnt down several times in the 17th century during a series of wars, and the castle keep reconstructed in the 20th century.

During the spring sakura season, taking an Aqua Liner water bus ride around the castle which gives you another perspective of the castle and a spectacularly beautiful view of rows of sakura trees lining the river, comes highly recommended.

While the castle can be fully enjoyed from its façade, going inside its 7 storeys will allow you to see weapons, armours and items used in daily life from the Edo era ad before. During the summer, the spectacular Tenjin-matsuri Festival, one of the three largest summer festivals in Japan which takes place both on land and in the river, takes place around the castle.