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Skip-the-line Tickets to Osaka Castle

¥600
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  • Skip waiting in long lines to get physical tickets when you book this convenient e-ticket and explore Japan’s oldest heritage site, Osaka Castle.
  • Get access to the 8 floors of the Castle and soak in the country’s history and take in panoramic views of the City from the top.
  • View spectacular light-up and Japanese historical treasures, with over 3 million colorful LED lights on a 300cm long picture scroll.

Inclusions

  • Admission fee
  • Taxes

Exclusions

  • Tour guide
  • Personal expenses
  • The castle is wheelchair and stroller accessible. However, if the castle gets too crowded on a certain day, strollers will not be allowed.
  • Children aged 12 to 15 years will have to present a valid ID with age and birth date information present.
  • Free admission will be given to visitors with disability certificates. One companion can also be admitted for free.
  • Flash photography is not allowed in certain areas of the castle.
  • Guests can deposit their belongings at the entrance ticket counter at a fee of JPY100 per piece. Available from 9am to 4:30pm only (last call for pick up at 5pm).
  • These tickets can’t be cancelled. However, you can use them any time within the next 3 months.
  • These tickets are valid for 3 months from the date of purchase.
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Combo (Save 2%): Universal Studios Japan 1-Day Pass + Osaka Castle Tickets

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  • Get the ultimate money-saver combo for 2 prominent landmarks of Japan, Universal Studios and Osaka Castle.
  • Unleash your inner child at Universal Studios Japan with the world's first Mario-themed area, home to the heart-pounding Mario Kart: Koopa's Challenge ride.
  • Dive into The Wizarding World of Harry Potter's magic and meet the endearing Minions.
  • Experience the ultimate blend of history and excitement in Osaka as you immerse yourself in the past at Osaka Castle, a stunning testament to Japan's heritage.
  • Explore the 8 floors of the castle and marvel at the panoramic views from atop the castle.

Inclusions

Universal Studios Japan

  • Entry ticket to Universal Studios Japan
  • Access to all the rides and attractions
  • Area timed entry ticket to the SUPER NINTENDO WORLD™ (optional)

Osaka Castle

  • Entry to Osaka Castle

Universal Studios Japan

  • Tip: Kindly check the schedule of the park and plan ahead your day accordingly.
  • Click here to learn about which type of pass is best for you from all the different options.
  • Opt for a USJ Express pass here and avoid the long waiting lines at your favorite attractions.
  • © Nintendo. WIZARDING WORLD and all related trademarks, characters, names, and indicia are © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Publishing Rights © JKR. (s22). Minions and all related elements and indicia TM & © 2023 Universal Studios. All rights reserved. TM & © Universal Studios & Amblin Entertainment. TM & © Universal Studios. All rights reserved. CR22-2165
  • For a small additional fee, visitors can store their large/extra-large luggage in lockers located outside the park.
  • Wheelchairs and strollers can be rented for a small fee. However, they are subject to availability and cannot be reserved beforehand.
  • Pets and guide dogs are welcome inside the park. Moreover, pet daycare is also available within the premises for an additional cost.
  • Only non-Japanese passport holders can avail of this offer.
  • All the attractions have specific height and weight restrictions. Furthermore, some rides are unsuitable for people with medical conditions. Please visit the website for more details.
  • Your ticket is valid only for the date and time mentioned on the ticket. Also, you can only enter the park once using your ticket.

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  • Facilities: Wheelchair Accessibility, Stroller Accessibility.
  • Note that the following are not allowed during this experience: flash photography, large bags, sharp metal, and food and beverages.
  • These tickets can't be cancelled or rescheduled.
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Osaka Castle | Pinnacle of Japan's Feudal Architecture

Osaka, the third-largest city in Japan, offers a unique blend of modern entertainment and traditional Japanese culture. This bustling city is home to delicious cuisine, lively nightlife, and some of the most iconic landmarks in the country. One of the top attractions here is the Osaka Castle, which dates back to the 16th century and has played a significant role in Japanese history. This castle is a must-visit for history enthusiasts and tourists alike. In this article, we’ll go through everything you need to know about Osaka Castle tickets, timings, and what to expect from your visit. 

Why Visit Osaka Castle?

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  • Historical resonance: Osaka Castle stands as a testament to Japan's rich tapestry of history, playing pivotal roles in the unification of the nation during the sixteenth century. 
  • Architectural splendor: The castle boasts intricate design elements, gilded embellishments, and majestic turrets, showcasing Japan's masterful architecture from the feudal era.
  • Gardens and surroundings: Encased by Nishinomaru Garden, the castle area bursts with over 600 cherry trees. This makes it a prime cherry blossom viewing spot.
  • Panoramic views: Ascend to the top of this eight-story stronghold and be rewarded with breathtaking sights of Osaka City, bridging the past with the present.
  • Cultural repository: The castle introduces visitors to ancient artifacts, screen paintings, and armor, deepening one's understanding of Japanese heritage.
  • Photographic gem: With its moat, stone walls, and iconic keep, Osaka Castle provides a picturesque landscape, making it an indispensable spot for photography enthusiasts.

All Your Osaka Castle Ticket Options Explained

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Standard Admission Ticket

Duration: Flexible

  • Discover Japan's oldest heritage site with this ticket. With over 100 years of history and countless precious relics, this is a must-visit destination for history enthusiasts and those seeking a glimpse into Japan's past.
  • Embark on a captivating journey through time as you explore the castle's eight floors, each offering a unique insight into the castle's storied past. 
  • Marvel at the intricate architectural details and craftsmanship that have withstood the test of time. As you ascend, you'll be rewarded with breathtaking panoramic views of Osaka City from the top of the castle, providing a perfect vantage point to admire the city's beauty. 
  • With the Standard Admission ticket, you'll have the freedom to explore at your own pace, allowing you to fully absorb the historical significance and cultural heritage housed within Osaka Castle. 

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Combo Ticket

Duration: Flexible

  • Seize the opportunity to explore two of Japan's most iconic attractions with this combo ticket.
  • Venture into the playful universe of Universal Studios Japan, where the world's inaugural Mario-themed area awaits. 
  • Gear up for the adrenaline-pumping Mario Kart: Koopa's Challenge and find yourself bewitched in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. 
  • Continue your journey to Osaka Castle, an emblematic symbol of Japan's rich legacy. 
  • Traverse through the castle's eight levels, each narrating a chapter from Japan's illustrious past.
  • With this combo ticket, you're granted the liberty to experience both modern thrills and historic wonders at your leisure, ensuring an enriching and immersive journey through the heart of Japan.

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Inside Osaka Castle

If you're planning a trip to Osaka, Japan, you simply can't miss the splendid Osaka Castle. The castle is an embodiment of Japanese history and culture and attracts millions of visitors every year. Here are some highlights of the castle: 

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The Castle Grounds

The picturesque castle grounds feature an array of seasonal flowers and a moat with cherry blossoms in bloom. Visitors can stroll along the paths, relax in the lush gardens or have a picnic in the picturesque surroundings.

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The Honmaru Palace

The Honmaru Palace is one of the few original buildings remaining in the castle and houses a spectacular collection of Japanese art. Visitors can marvel at the exquisite decorations, intricate details of the interior designs, and the beauty of the castle's aesthetics.

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The Beautiful Nishinomaru Garden

The Nishinomaru Garden is a picturesque spot filled with beautiful trees, flowers, and a serene lake. It's a perfect place to relax and soak in the calming ambiance while enjoying the scenic beauty.

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The Osaka Castle Museum

The Osaka Castle Museum is an interactive museum that showcases the rich history of Osaka and its culture. The museum features a collection of ancient weapons, armor, and costumes, offering an immersive experience of the city's past.

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The Tea Ceremony Room

The Tea Ceremony Room is a traditional room that offers visitors a chance to experience the ceremony firsthand. Visitors can learn about tea etiquette, taste Japanese Matcha tea, and immerse themselves in the intricacies of the tea ceremony.

Plan Your Visit to Osaka Castle

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Osaka Castle Location:

Address: Osaka Castle, 1-1 Osakajo, Chuo Ward, Osaka, 540-0002, Japan. Find on maps

How to get there:
By Bus: Conveniently accessible by bus, take the Osaka City Bus and alight at the "Osakajo-Kitazume" stop. From there, a short walk will lead you to the castle grounds, allowing you to begin your journey through history.

By Train/Metro: Take the JR Osaka Loop Line or the Chuo Line and disembark at Osakajokoen Station. From the station, a pleasant stroll through Osaka Castle Park will guide you to the majestic castle's entrance.

By Car: If you prefer to travel by car, you can use GPS and head towards the Osaka Castle Park parking area, located near the castle's main entrance. However, please note that parking spaces might be limited during peak hours, so early arrival is recommended.

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There are two entrances to Osaka Castle:  

  • The Otemon Gate on the west side 
  • The Sakuramon Gate on the east side.

Both entrances lead to the Nishinomaru Garden, which is a beautiful garden within the Castle grounds.

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  • Barrier-Free Routes: Osaka Castle offers barrier-free routes and facilities to accommodate visitors with mobility challenges. The castle grounds are equipped with ramps, elevators, and paved pathways to ensure easy access for wheelchair users and individuals with strollers or walking aids.
  • Wheelchair Rental: Wheelchair rental services are available at Osaka Castle, allowing visitors with mobility needs to explore the castle grounds comfortably. 
  • Accessible Restrooms: Throughout the castle grounds, there are accessible restroom facilities designed to meet the needs of individuals with disabilities. 
  • Signage and Information: Osaka Castle provides clear signage and information in both Japanese and English to guide visitors with accessibility needs. 
  • Assistance and Support: The staff at Osaka Castle are trained to provide assistance and support to visitors with accessibility requirements. They are available to answer questions, offer guidance, and ensure a pleasant visit for everyone.
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Castle Café & Restaurant: Located within Osaka Castle Park, Castle Café & Restaurant offers a delightful dining experience with a focus on Japanese cuisine. Enjoy traditional dishes such as sushi, tempura, and udon noodles, all prepared with fresh, locally sourced ingredients. 

Takoyaki Umaiya: Located near Osaka Castle, savor the crispy perfection of takoyaki at Takoyaki Umaiya. Watch as skilled chefs create golden-brown balls filled with tender octopus. With a variety of toppings and vegetarian options available, this local gem provides a mouthwatering treat to enhance your visit to Osaka Castle. 

JO-TERRACE OSAKA: Located near the entrance of Osaka Castle, JO-TERRACE OSAKA serves up delectable sweet and savory crepes. Choose from an array of options, including classic Nutella-filled crepes, savory ham and cheese crepes, and indulgent fruit-topped creations. 

Osaka Castle Park Food Court: Within the castle grounds, the Osaka Castle Park Food Court offers a variety of dining options to suit different tastes. From Japanese curry and ramen to grilled skewers and bento boxes, there's something for everyone.

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  • Preservation and Pathways: Stay on designated paths and respect barriers to ensure the preservation of the castle and its surroundings.
  • Artifact and Structure Etiquette: Do not touch or lean on any artifacts, displays, or historical structures within the castle premises.
  • Cleanliness and Trash Disposal: Dispose of trash in designated bins and help keep the castle grounds clean.
  • Smoking Regulations: Refrain from smoking in non-designated areas to maintain a pleasant environment for all visitors.
  • Photography Guidelines: Follow photography guidelines and respect any signage regarding photography restrictions in certain areas.
  • Pet Etiquette: Keep pets on a leash and ensure their behavior is controlled to avoid any disturbances to other visitors.
  • Safety Instructions: Be mindful of fellow visitors and follow any instructions or guidelines provided by the castle staff for a safe and enjoyable experience.
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  • Plan your visit: Check the opening hours and closing days of Osaka Castle in advance to ensure it aligns with your travel itinerary.
  • Comfortable footwear: Wear comfortable shoes as there will be some walking involved within the castle grounds and surrounding areas.
  • Weather preparation: Check the weather forecast and dress accordingly. Bring an umbrella or raincoat during rainy seasons and sunscreen and a hat for sun protection during hot summer months.
  • Guided tours: Consider joining a guided tour or audio tour to gain deeper insights into the history and significance of Osaka Castle. These tours provide valuable information and enhance your overall experience.
  • Early or late visits: To avoid crowds, consider visiting Osaka Castle earlier in the morning or later in the afternoon. This allows you to explore with more ease and capture better photographs.
  • Bring water and snacks: Stay hydrated and energized by bringing a water bottle and some snacks, especially if you plan to spend a significant amount of time exploring the castle and its surroundings.
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Frequently Asked Questions About Osaka Castle Tickets

Is Osaka Castle worth visiting?

Absolutely! Osaka Castle is a must-visit attraction, offering a fascinating glimpse into Japan's history, stunning architecture, and panoramic views of the city.

What are the ticket options for Osaka Castle?

Osaka Castle offers a standard admission ticket that provides access to the castle grounds and main keep. Guided tour options are also available for a more in-depth experience.

Can I buy Osaka Castle tickets in advance?

Yes, it's recommended to purchase tickets in advance to save time. You can book here

What is the Osaka Castle entry fee?

The standard Osaka Castle admission ticket fee is ¥600. 

Are there discounted tickets available for students or seniors?

Yes, Osaka Castle often offers discounted tickets for students and seniors. Make sure to bring valid identification to avail of these special rates.

What is the best time to visit Osaka Castle?

Early mornings or late afternoons are ideal to avoid crowds. During the cherry blossom season, Osaka Castle becomes even more enchanting.

How long should I spend at Osaka Castle?

Plan to spend at least 1-2 hours exploring Osaka Castle, but you can stay longer to fully immerse yourself in its rich history and enjoy the surrounding gardens.

Are there facilities for people with disabilities at Osaka Castle?

Yes, Osaka Castle offers barrier-free access, including ramps and elevators. Wheelchair rental services are also available for visitors with mobility needs.

Can I take photographs inside Osaka Castle?

Yes, photography is generally allowed inside Osaka Castle, but be mindful of any specific areas where photography might be restricted.

Are there audio guides or guided tours available at Osaka Castle?

Yes, audio guides and guided tours are available for a more immersive experience, providing fascinating insights into the castle's history and significance.

Can I bring food and drinks into Osaka Castle?

It is generally not allowed to bring food and drinks inside Osaka Castle, but there are picnic areas available in the surrounding Osaka Castle Park. 

Are there any restrictions on what personal items I can bring inside Osaka Castle?

While there are no specific restrictions on personal belongings, large bags and luggage may need to be checked or stored in lockers for security purposes.