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The Osaka Museum of History (j, Ōsaka Rekishi Hakubutsukan) opened in 2003 in a tall building next to NHK Osaka and just across the street from Osaka Castle. The building offers excellent views of the castle from its top floors.

The museum exhibits are visually oriented with several large models. They chronicle the city's history, beginning in ancient times when Osaka served as Japan's first capital and site of the Naniwa Palace and ending with exhibits on the city's bustling shopping arcades of the early Showa Period.

The museum's collection is set up on the upper floors of the building while the lower floors are occupied by a restaurant, shop and spacious lobby. Museum visitors first take the elevator to the top floor and then follow the exhibition route down.

Access

Osaka Museum of History is located across from the southwest corner of Osaka Castle Park. The closest station is Tanimachi 4-chome Station on the Tanimachi Subway Line and Chuo and Tanimachi Subway Lines, a five minute walk from the museum.

The closest JR station is Morinomiya Station on the JR Loop Line, a 20-30 minute walk from the museum.

How to get to and around Osaka

Hours & Fees

Hours

9:30 to 17:00 (until 20:00 on Fridays); admission ends 30 minutes before closing

Closed

Tuesday (or following day if Tuesday is a national holiday), December 28 to January 4

Admission

600 yen

Hotels around Osaka

Recommended Hotels
Hilton Osaka Hotel
Very convenient high-class hotel just across from JR Osaka Station.
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Hotel Granvia Osaka
Very conveniently located inside JR Osaka Station City.
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Hotel Nikko Kansai Airport
Directly connected to the terminal building, this is the most convenient hotel at Kansai Airport.
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InterContinental Hotel Osaka
Beautiful hotel recently opened near JR Osaka Station in the convenient Umekita district.
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J-Hoppers Osaka Guesthouse
Popular and inexpensive hostel about a 15 minute walk from JR Osaka Station.
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Remm Shin-Osaka
Recently opened business hotel conveniently located inside JR Shin-Osaka Station.
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Swissotel Nankai Osaka
Well established, leading hotel conveniently located above Nankai Namba Station.
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The Ritz-Carlton Osaka Hotel
Often considered Osaka's leading luxury hotel, located a short walk from JR Osaka Station.
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Tours and Experiences

Page last updated: February 2, 2017