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Osaka Castle
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Osaka Castle showing a castle

Engage with Japan's rich history at this 16th-century site, where dramatic battlegrounds have made way for a peaceful park with cherry trees. 

Learn about Japan's bloody history and Osaka's ancient rulers at Osaka Castle. This romantic multi-tier castle stands on a 264-acre (106-hectare) block of raised and fortified land, and is one of the city's most iconic sites.

Built in 1583 under the rule of Toyotomi Hideyoshi, the castle was integral in the Toyotomi clan's victory during the 17th-century siege of Osaka, successfully repelling an army of more than 200,000 soldiers. After suffering damage during World War II, the castle underwent a number of careful reconstructions to preserve its design.

Despite the extensive battle damage, 13 key parts of the castle remain in their original 16th-century condition. Take a tour to see these original features, which include the commanding Ote-mon Gate and the Sengan Turret, which protected the castle's southeastern side. Admire the stone lining of the Kinmeisui Well or ask about the Kinzo storehouse, which once housed the castle's treasury.

The castle rooms also have displays of artifacts collected from throughout Osaka's history. Amongst the items exhibited are 16th-century weapons, armour and farming tools.

Climb to the castle's observation deck for incredible views of Osaka's skyline. The views of the castle parklands are particularly spectacular in spring, when they are brightened by the pink blossoms of the cherry trees. Beyond these, you should be able to see the reflective skyscrapers that populate Osaka's Business Park.

Afterward, stroll around the quiet pathways and pleasant lawns of the castle gardens. Street vendors and taiko drummers can often be found here. Check to see if there is anything on in Osaka-jo Hall, an on-site entertainment stadium that hosts everything from orchestral performances to judo competitions.

Walk north to Sakura-no-miya-koen Park, which runs along the banks of the Okawa River. In summer, these riverbanks fill with crowds celebrating the Tenjin Matsuri festival. Watch grand parades, processions of lamp-lit boats and firework displays, all of which are in tribute to the patron god of learning and art.

Osaka Castle is located north of Osaka's center, just minutes on foot if coming from the Osakajokoen JR train station. The castle and its park are open daily, except for a few days at the end of December. Check the castle’s official website for details. The admission fee for the castle is waived for children aged 15 years and under. Most of the park, with the exception of the Nishinomaru Garden, is free to enter.

Top 10 Hotels Near Osaka Castle

Hotel Nikko Osaka
Hotel Nikko Osaka
4 out of 5
1-3-3 Nishi-shinsaibashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka, Osaka-fu
The price is SG$152 per night from 29 Apr to 30 Apr
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in Namba, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Shinsaibashi Shopping Arcade and Dotonbori Glico Sign. Namba Grand Kagetsu Theater and Tempozan Harbor ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (1,424 reviews)
"Very convenient location. Nama entertainment district is about 15 minutes away by walking, 5 minutes by vehicle. On-site parking with unlimited, easy in/out access is very reasonably priced for the area. Finally, I'd like to publicly commend Mr. Kan at reception and also Mr. Satoshi Kibayashi (Assistant ..."

Reviewed on 7 Apr,2021

Hotel Nikko Osaka
RIHGA Royal Hotel Osaka
RIHGA Royal Hotel Osaka
4.5 out of 5
5-3-68 Nakanoshima, Kita-ku, Osaka, Osaka-fu
The price is SG$88 per night from 8 May to 9 May
Excludes taxes & fees
This family-friendly Osaka hotel is located on the riverwalk, within a 10-minute walk of Osaka International Convention Center and Osaka Science Museum. Umeda ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (3,705 reviews)
"The property was clean. However, had to call front desk as air conditioner wasn’t working well. Staff tried to fix it to no avail. They offered another room, but I was too tired to repack. I was given a fan. The room was uncomfortably warm all night. VIP access benefits is a crock of crap 💩 in japan. ..."

Reviewed on 24 Jun,2020

RIHGA Royal Hotel Osaka
The OneFive Osaka Midosuji
The OneFive Osaka Midosuji
3 out of 5
3-2-6 Azuchi-machi, Chuo-ku, Osaka, Osaka-fu
The price is SG$29 per night from 10 May to 11 May
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in Chuo, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Osaka Science and Technology Museum and Shinsaibashi Shopping Arcade. Amerikamura and Orix Theater ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (786 reviews)
"Very cute and quiet little hotel. Staff is very friendly and helpful! Only complaint was the beds are very hard but if you prefer that then it won’t bother you."

Reviewed on 9 Mar,2020

The OneFive Osaka Midosuji
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Hotel Nikko Osaka
Hotel Nikko Osaka
4 out of 5
1-3-3 Nishi-shinsaibashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka, Osaka-fu
The price is SG$152 per night from 29 Apr to 30 Apr
Excludes taxes & fees
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RIHGA Royal Hotel Osaka
RIHGA Royal Hotel Osaka
4.5 out of 5
5-3-68 Nakanoshima, Kita-ku, Osaka, Osaka-fu
The price is SG$88 per night from 8 May to 9 May
Excludes taxes & fees
RIHGA Royal Hotel Osaka
The OneFive Osaka Midosuji
The OneFive Osaka Midosuji
3 out of 5
3-2-6 Azuchi-machi, Chuo-ku, Osaka, Osaka-fu
The price is SG$29 per night from 10 May to 11 May
Excludes taxes & fees
The OneFive Osaka Midosuji
Hotel New Otani Osaka
Hotel New Otani Osaka
4.5 out of 5
1-4-1 Shiromi Chuo-ku, Osaka, Osaka-fu
The price is SG$185 per night from 16 May to 17 May
Excludes taxes & fees
Hotel New Otani Osaka
Chachamaru Osaka Castle
Chachamaru Osaka Castle
3 out of 5
1-7-6 Shigino Nishi, Joto-ku, \N, Osaka, Osaka
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Hotel Monterey La Soeur Osaka
Hotel Monterey La Soeur Osaka
3.5 out of 5
2-2-22 Shiromi, Chuo-ku, Osaka, Osaka-fu
The price is SG$119 per night from 29 Apr to 30 Apr
Excludes taxes & fees
Hotel Monterey La Soeur Osaka
APA Hotel Osaka Temmabashi Ekimae
APA Hotel Osaka Temmabashi Ekimae
3 out of 5
1-3-8 Tanimachi, Chuo-ku, Osaka, Osaka
The price is SG$50 per night from 24 Apr to 25 Apr
Excludes taxes & fees
APA Hotel Osaka Temmabashi Ekimae
Hotel Granvia Osaka
Hotel Granvia Osaka
3.5 out of 5
3-1-1 Umeda, Kita-ku, Osaka, Osaka-fu
The price is SG$135 per night from 8 May to 9 May
Excludes taxes & fees
Hotel Granvia Osaka
APA Villa Hotel Osaka-Tanimachi 4 Chome-Ekimae
APA Villa Hotel Osaka-Tanimachi 4 Chome-Ekimae
3 out of 5
1-1-27 Nonin-bashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka, Osaka-fu
The price is SG$50 per night from 29 Apr to 30 Apr
Excludes taxes & fees
APA Villa Hotel Osaka-Tanimachi 4 Chome-Ekimae
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