Osaka Castle tour guide

A Symbol of Japan’s Rich Heritage

Ultimate Osaka Walking Tour(Osaka Castle, Shinsekai, Dotonbori) starts from Osaka Castle and includes the visit to bustling shopping streets of Shinsekai and Dotonbori. If you like to know about Osaka in a day, this tour is for you. This tour starts at 10:00 AM. So you can join this even if you stay in Kyoto.

Introduction to Osaka Castle

Osaka Castle stands as a testament to Japan’s historical grandeur. It is located in Osaka, Japan. The castle is a popular destination for tourists worldwide. It offers a glimpse into Japan’s feudal era and samurai culture.

Osaka Castle

History and Significance of Osaka Castle

Built in 1583 by Toyotomi Hideyoshi, this castle played a crucial role in the unification of Japan during the Azuchi-Momoyama period. The castle has witnessed several pivotal battles in Japanese history.

In the Edo period, this castle was attacked by Tokugawa Ieyasu and the Toyotomi family fell. Tokugawa Ieyasu then built a new castle to rule Osaka.

It has been rebuilt and restored multiple times, most notably in 1931. The castle during the reign of Tokugawa Ieyasu was the model for the current castle tower.

Architectural Marvel

The castle’s main tower is a striking example of traditional Japanese architecture. It features a five-story exterior with an eight-story interior. The tower is surrounded by secondary citadels, gates, and moats that enhance its beauty and historical significance.

Inside Osaka Castle

Visitors can explore the interior of the main tower, which now serves as a museum. The museum showcases artifacts from the castle’s history, including armor, weapons, and historical documents. The observatory on the top floor offers panoramic views of Osaka.

Seasonal Beauty

You can enjoy the castle grounds throughout the year. Spring brings cherry blossoms, making it a perfect spot for hanami (flower viewing). Autumn transforms the landscape into vibrant hues of red and gold.

Events and Festivals

This Castle hosts various events and festivals year-round. The summer sees the Natsu Matsuri (Summer Festival), featuring traditional performances and fireworks. The castle’s illumination during the winter is a spectacular sight.

Access and Tips

The Castle is easily accessible by public transportation. The nearest stations are Osakajokoen Station on the JR Loop Line and Tanimachi 4-chome Station on the Osaka Metro.

Other tours

Many Osaka tours include the visit to castle. Just choose one that suits to your needs and interests.