Osaka castle – the most beautiful place in Osaka

If you want perfect photos - this is the place

If you in Kansai region, Japan, you must to visit Osaka castle. This is the most beautiful place in Osaka and you can explore it for one day.

First of all, beautiful architecture! Massive castle grounds surrounded by nature to explore. The place was really crowded when we came around 1-2 PM. If you want to beat the crowds, come early or late. You will find a many spots for beautiful pictures for your Instagram.

Entrance to the complex is free. Admission to the top of castle and museum is 600 yen (about 4 USD). Museum is interesting but no photos allowed. Lots of history! If you don’t care for the view from a top or the museum, skip the tickets.

Why is Osaka Castle so famous?

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

Osaka Castle is famous for several reasons, which include its historical significance, architectural grandeur, cultural importance, and its role in the unification of Japan. Here are some key points that contribute to the fame of Osaka Castle:

1.Historical Significance:

Toyotomi Hideyoshi: The castle was originally built in 1583 by Toyotomi Hideyoshi, one of Japan’s greatest historical figures, who played a crucial role in the unification of Japan in the late 16th century.

Battles and Sieges: The Castle in Osaka was the site of major historical events, including the Siege of Osaka (1614-1615), which marked the end of the Toyotomi clan and the establishment of the Tokugawa shogunate, ushering in the Edo period.

2.Cultural Importance:

Museum and Exhibits: Today, the main tower houses a museum that offers extensive exhibits on the castle’s history, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, and the samurai culture, making it a valuable educational resource.

3.Tourist Attraction:

Osaka Castle - Japan
Osaka Castle – Japan

Scenic Beauty: The castle is situated in a large park, Osaka Castle Park, which is famous for its scenic beauty. The best time for perfect photos is during cherry blossom season and fall. Then the colors of the leaves are impressive and the pictures – magnificent.

Panoramic Views: The top floor of the main tower offers panoramic views of Osaka city, providing a blend of historical ambiance and modern cityscape.

4.Symbol of Osaka:

Cultural Icon: The Castle is an iconic landmark and a symbol of Osaka, representing the city’s rich historical heritage and resilience.

Wedding in Osaka castle
Wedding in Osaka castle

The easiest way: Get a train from JR Osaka Station to Osaka Castle (Osakajokoen Station) – about 10 minutes. Ticket price: about 170 yen or just about 1 USD.

Location: 1-1 Osakajo, Chuo Ward, Osaka, 540-0002, Japan
Opening Hours: 9:00AM – 5:00PM | Mon – Sun
Entrance Fee: 600 JPY for adults, free entry for children

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