One of the most famous landmarks in all of Japan, Osaka Castle is a reconstruction of the imposing castle that stood at the site until the close of the Edo period when it was burned to the ground. The castle now houses a museum which displays its history as well as the life of Toyotomi Hideyoshi.

Throughout the year there are various events which take place on the grounds including the Osaka Marathon, Osaka Mecha Happy Festival, and Osaka Illuminage.

How to buy tickets

Although entry to the park and the area surrounding the castle is free, to go inside the actual castle you will need a ticket. The price for adults is ¥600; anyone who is of high school age and above is regarded as an adult. Make sure you don’t miss out and buy your tickets online in advance.

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You also need to pay ¥200 to enter Nishinomaru Garden.

How to get there

The nearest station is Osakaji-koen Station which is on the JR Osaka Loop Line. You can also access Osaka Castle by taking the Route 62 city bus to Osaka Castle Otemae and Babamachi.