As the symbol of Osaka and easily one of its most impressive sites, Osaka Castle is a must see for any visitor to the city. Originally built in the late 1500's by the great warlord Toyotomi Hideyoshi, the castle has since been reconstructed, burned, rebuilt, blown up and rebuilt again, in that order.
Within the Castle grounds, thirteen structures have been recognised as important cultural assets by the Japanese government. They are:
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Three sections of castle wall all located around Otemon Gate
The castle park is especially popular during the cherry blossom season when people flock out to enjoy the cherry blossoms with friends and family. Inside you will find a museum featuring the history of the castle, an observation deck with a great view over the city, and you can even dress up as a Samurai and have your photo taken for a small extra fee!
- 9.00am – 5.00pm (last admission 4.30pm), daily; Closed on Dec 28th through January 1st
- 1-1, Osakajo, Chuo-ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 540-0002 Japan
- Castle Park is in front of Osaka Koenjo Station; From Shin-Osaka Station: Take the JR Tokaido line to Osaka Station (4 min) and switch to Osaka Loop Line to Osakajo Koen Station (9 min); From Kanzai International Airport: Take the JR Kanzai Kuko Line/Hanwa Line to Tennoji Station (30 min), switch to JR Osaka Loop Line to Osakajo Koen Station (11 min).