Osaka Jo (Osaka Castle) is a stunning re-construction dating from 1959. Set in an extensive park (populated by some of Osaka's homeless), it is well worth a visit.
The park is most popular on the weekend and during cherry bossom season in March, when countless hanami (cherry blosssom viewing) parties take place.
The castle is illuminated at night and is particularly photogenic at this time although I don't recommend walking alone through the park at night (it's probably quite safe but it is one of the more dodgy areas of the city so I advise a bit of caution).
The castle contains a museum, but is disappointing for those expecting an authentic interior, and it is apparent that a lot more effort went in to the exterior. Despite this there are some interesting displays and the view from the top floor is good.
Admission to the park is free. Entering the castle costs 700 yen.
The castle of Osaka has a long history but the palace that you see there today is quite a modern replica dating back to 1959, it even has a lift inside.Dont miss to take a look into the museum of Osaka castle / palace. The entrancefee was 600 YEN. My favorite part of the castle was the terrace on top of the building, see my next tip for sme photos from there !
In my 4th photo: the signal-gun or noon-marker of Osaka castle, you will see it next to the entrancegate to the museum.
Unfortunately you are not allowed to take any photos or videos inside the castle and museum of Osaka, but at least you can do so on top of the castle, on a large terrace going into all directions. That way you will see some of the great decorations of the palace, the fish for instance are ment in order to keep away fire from the building. My 2nd and last photos are showing some great decorations of the corners of the fence of that terrace.
Osaka Castle as you can see in the photos I posted here has a beauty of its own and one of the famous castles in Japan.
I would recommend that when you visit the castle, do it during festival season. Also, the best time to see cherry blossoms is in the early month of April. Large numbers of cherry trees are all around the public park. From the outside, you have the chance to witness a spectacular view of the castle surrounded by beautiful colours of the blossoms.
Osaka Castle is open from 9:00AM to 5:00PM daily but closed at the beginning and end of the year. As of this writing, the general admission is 600 Yen.
A special technique was used in order to set togeather the stones of the walls of the palace in Osaka. There are several walls and the first such all is surrounded by a moat. You have to walk through several gates untill you will finally get to the castle of Osaka.
Nijo Castle has a unique feature in it's "nightengale" floors. Outside of the main rooms, the halls are a special type of floor that when walked upon chirp like a nightengale bird. Thus, the inhabitants were alerted when an undesirable was sneaking up on them at night!
Osaka Castle was originally commissioned by Toyotomi Hideyoshi in 1684 but was later destroyed by the Tokugawa. The current reconstruction was built in the 1930s and updated in 1997. Although it is a reconstruction, the castle walls and moat are well-preserved and the inside contains a lot of information about Toyotomi Hideyoshi, as well as some artifacts. It also has an excellent view from the top of the surrounding park and city. The castle is also nice to look at from the outside with its unique green tiles.
Entrance is 600 yen, but it is free to roam around the park.
The constrution of Osaka Castle started in 1583 by the order of Toyotomi Hideyoshi. It was destroyed and rebuilt many times. In 1931 the present reconstruction of the castle tower was built and it survived the war surprisingly. In 1997 major repair works have been done. Now the castle tower is entirely modern inside hosting a museum giving amazing details about its history. The castle tower is surrounded by secondary citadels, moats and gates. The whole Osaka Castle Park is about 2 square kilometers with lots of green area, sport facilities, a multi purpose arena and Hokoku Shrine dedicated to Toyotomi Hideyoshi. In early April, the park becomes a popular spot for cherry blossom viewing. Admission fee is 600 JPY for the castle tower and the museum can be visited from 9 am to 5 pm.
Osaka Castle is situated in a large park and is really impressive. A totally different from any european-style castle but still you notice this is quite a fort. You have to pass several walls and gates before you reach the grounds of the castle itself.
The castles history began in 1496. There were several rulers, and it changed shape many times. In 1868 most of the buildings were burnt down. In 1931 the castle was reconstructed and in 1948 it became a historical sites park.
Inside the castle is a museum, where you can see the history of Osaka castle.
Opening times: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
( Last admission is at 4:30pm.)
Adults 600Yen , Children Free
On the castle grounds a time capsule is buried. The capsule was made during the 1970 EXPO. The thought is that the top part of this capsule will be opened every century, but the bottom must not be opened in 5000 years, which makes it 6970. We will not be around by then so we searched the internet for info, what is in there?
Here is what we found:
There are 2098 cultural assests of the 20th century in there.
Everything from the sacred to the profane is represented in the 2,008 objects (pictured left) enclosed: a silk condom, false teeth, a glass eye, insects encased in resin, an origami instruction book, pamphlets on how to brew sake, handcuffs, counterfeit money, a string of fake pearls, and that essential part of 20th Century life—a "micro-mini" television set.
If you want to read more about it, here is where we found it: http://www.retrofuture.com/timecapsule.html
The Osaka Castle which I understand is about 500 years old is probably the most interesting land mark in Osaka and probably the most visited place by the tourists here. It is a large facility by the water and content museum and other interested site within.
Built in 1583 and expanded until 1598 Osaka Castle is nowadays a major tourist attraction in Osaka. The architecture is just great and the walk up the tower (a museum actually) gives an impression about the history of the castle.
9am - 5pm (extended in Spring & Summer)
Osaka Castle is Osaka's iconic landmark. Built in 1583 by Toyotomi Hideyoshi, it was intended to be the center of a new unified Japan under the Toyotomi rule. The present structure is a 1931 concrete reconstruction of the original which was refurbished in 1997 with an elevator added. The elevator takes you up to the 5th floor from where you will walk up to the 8th floor where you can have a panoramic view of Osaka.
Inside the castle is a museum of the life of Toyotomi Hideyoshi's life and the history of the castle. An exhibition of samurai armous and weapons is also on display.
Surprisingly this castle is the most visited tourist attraction in Japan. It certainly looks quite impressive from the outside but visitors may be surprised to learn that it's actually a 1931 reconstruction built from concrete! Inside is largely disappointing to be honest.
Much more impressive is the surrounding walls, gates and moats which I believe are original. An amazing feat of engineering.