Osaka Castle

Osaka Castle © Iry

Castle for Taiko-san (another name for Toyotomi Hideyoshi meaning regent)

This castle was built in Osaka for Toyotomi Hideyoshi and used as the headquarters of the Toyotomi regime. However, it burnt down during the Osaka Natsuno Jin (the Summer Siege of Osaka in 1615). Later Tokugawa Ieyasu took rule and reconstructed the castle as a base to rule western Japan.Turret (yagura) and stone walls that remained were rebuilt by Tokugwa Ieyasu. The castle tower was re-constructed in the early Showa era (1931). Major renovation was conducted on the castle from 1995 to 1997, for seismic reinforcement and to install elevators.

Exhibitions

Osaka Castle is eight stories high and each floor has exhibits. Its best to go up to the eighth floor by elevator and then walk down the stairs to look at the exhibits on each floor.

8th floor: This floor has an observation platform. There is also a stereoscope viewer showing the "Scenery of Naniwa" (old name for Osaka) that stereoscopically shows the old Osaka landscape. The eighth floor has a museum shop offering Osaka souvenirs. There is another museum shop is located on the first floor, but the eighth floor sells items that are different than those on the first floor.

7th floor: A georama called "Karakuri Tako-ki" explains the life of Toyotomi Hideyoshi using mechanical figurines and "Taiko-ki with historical facts and true stories" are exhibited.

6th Floor: The sixth floor is a corridor with no exhibits.

5th Floor: The fifth floor exhibits miniature and panoramic visions of Osaka. Natsu no Jin. 2 Panorama is displayed and an explanation is available in Japanese, English, Chinese and Korean.

4th floor: The exhibition on the fourth floor changes every two months and details are posted on the Castle's website.

3rd Floor: Similar to the fourth floor, the exhibits on the third floor change every two months. In addition to them, a Full Size Model of the Golden Tea Room, a prefabricated tea room created by Toyotomi Hideyoshi is restored in its actual size and there are miniatures of Osaka Castle in both the Toyotomi and Tokugawa eras.

2nd Floor: This floor shows basic information about Osaka Castle and Japanese castles in general. It exhibits Shachihoko, a fabulous dolphin-like fish (a pair of which were traditionally used to decorate the roof-ridge of Japanese castles) and Fukko (a seated tiger) on the Tenshukaku castle tower are shown in real size replicas. If you pay 300¥, you can put on a war helmet or a battle surcoat.

1st Floor The first floor has a theater and a museum shop. The theater plays movies about Toyotomi Hideyoshi and Osaka Castle with subtitles in Japanese, English, Chinese and Korean.

Access

You can visit Osaka Castle via train, bus or car.

When using the train, get off at Tanimachi station of the Osaka City Subway, Tanimachi Yonchome station of the Chuo line, or the Mori no Miya station of the Nagahori Tsurumi Ryokuchi line. If you use JR lines, the Mori no Miya station or the Osaka-jo Koen station of the Osaka Kanjo line, or the Osaka jo Kitazume station of the Tozai line, or the Tenma Bashi station of the Keihan line are closest stops.

By bus, the closest stops are Otemae or "Bamba-cho stops of the Osaka City Bus, or the Osaka-jo ko or Hachikenya Funatsukiba stops of the Osaka Suijyo Bus (Aqua Liner).

In case you are visiting by car, exit at the Hoenzaka exit on the No. 13 Higashi Osaka route of the Hanshin Expressway if you are coming from Kobe, or the Morinomiya exit of the No. 13 Higashi Osaka route of the Hanshin Expressway.




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Description: Osaka Castle

Sights Osaka Castle (大阪城)
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Address 1‐1 Osakajo, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
大阪府大阪市中央区大阪城1‐1
Phone / Fax Phone: 06-6941-3044 / Fax: 06-6941-2197
Website
Duration 2Hour(s)
Business Hours Monday:09:00-17:00 (Last entry by: 16:30)
Tuesday:09:00-17:00 (Last entry by: 16:30)
Wednesday:09:00-17:00 (Last entry by: 16:30)
Thursday:09:00-17:00 (Last entry by: 16:30)
Friday:09:00-17:00 (Last entry by: 16:30)
Saturday:09:00-17:00 (Last entry by: 16:30)
Sunday:09:00-17:00 (Last entry by: 16:30)
Closed dates NEW YEAR'S HOLIDAY
Admission Fee Pay admission: 600yen
Recommended Season
Spring (March - May)
Summer (June - August) Autumn (September - November)
Recommended target Family Groups Child (ages 7-17) Adult (ages 20+) Single traveller


Map: Osaka Castle