National Site of Scenic Beauty: Kishiwada Castle Garden
Kishiwada Castle Garden (Hachijin Garden) was created by garden designer Mirei Shigemori in 1953. Due to its artistic merit and high academic value in the history of modern Japanese gardens, it was designated as a National Site of Scenic Beauty on October 6th, 2014.
The castle tower was destroyed by lightning in 1827 (Bunsei 10), and the structures on the walls, such as the turrets and gates, were demolished during the Meiji restoration. As such, the only parts that remain from before the early modern period are the moats and stone walls.
The current castle tower is a three-tiered, three-story structure built in 1954 (Showa 29). Drawings confirmed that it was originally a five-tiered tower. The ruins of the castle became a designated historical site of Osaka Prefecture in 1943.
History of Kishiwada Castle Exhibition
The history and story of Kishiwada Castle, as well as the transformation of the castle and its town, are provided through easy-to-understand explanations using exhibits of valuable materials and photographs.
（In the collection of the National Archives of Japan）
the five-tier castle tower
The current castle tower is a three-tiered, three-story structure built in 1954 (Showa 29). Old materials confirmed that it was originally a five-tiered tower.
It is known that in the past, Kishiwada Castle was built on a terrace by the sea.
“The Legend of Tako Jizo”
The “Legend of Tako Jizo” has been passed down in Kishiwada over many generations. The story of the deity Jizo, who rode a giant octopus (“tako”) and is said to have protected the people of Kishiwada from war and high waves, is shown on a big screen.
（In the collection of Tenshoji Temple）
— a drama set in Kishiwada Castle in the Sengoku Period
During the Eiroku and Genki eras, warriors from Negoro in Kii Province attacked Kishiwada Castle. Just before the castle was about to fall, octopuses and an incarnation of Jizo drove the invaders away. After that, Jizo was enshrined at Tensho-ji.
Story from Nanshu Kyokudo
After working as a company employee, he became an apprentice of Nanzaemon Kyokudo. In 2011, he began the Nanshu Kyokudo lecture. From 2015, he has been giving solo performances. He is a well-known story teller in the Kyoto‐Osaka area, active on TV, in musicals, and various other areas.
Armor and Helmet Wearing Experience
Enjoy taking photos while dressed up as a Sengoku-era warlord in a genuine helmet and surcoat.
* The “armor and helmet” refer to equipment that warriors wore into battle.
Here are some attractive photo spots recommended by Kishiwada Castle staff. Take a memorable picture of Kishiwada Castle
The audio guide, which you can easily use on your smartphone, will narrate the highlights of the castle and the view from the castle tower. Take time to enjoy yourself while listening to the guide.
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Kishiwada-shi, Osaka 596-0073
Access by train
13 minutes’ walk from Kishiwada Station
on the Nankai Main Line
7 minutes’ walk from Tako-Jizo Station
on the Nankai Main Line
13 minutes by bus from Higashi-Kishiwada Station on the JR Hanwa Line to Kishiwada Station on the Nankai Main Line
Access by car
7 minutes from the Kishiwada Minami Interchange on the Hanshin Expressway No.4 Wangan Route
10:00 – 17:00 (Last entry 16:00)
(However, the castle will be open if Monday is a holiday, and also during the Castle Festival (April 1–15))
Over the New Year Holiday (December 29th – January 3rd)
During exhibition changeover periods (discretionary closure)
Admission fee (castle tower)
Adults: 300 yen
Junior high school students and under: Free
30% discount on the admission fee for groups of 25 or more
Adults: 700 yen
(Provides admission to Kishiwada Castle, Kishiwada Danjiri Kaikan, and Kishiwada Nature Museum)
Admission fee exemptions
The admission fee may be waived for people to whom any of the following apply.
1. Individuals who have been granted a Physical Disability Certificate under the provisions of Article 15, Paragraph 4 of the Act for the Welfare of Persons with Physical Disabilities (Act No. 283 of 1949)
2. Individuals who have been granted a Mental Health Disability Certificate under the provisions of Article 45, Paragraph 2 of the Act on Mental Health and Welfare for the Mentally Disabled (Act No. 123 of 1950)
3. Individuals who have been granted a Rehabilitation Certificate by the Prefectural Governor, or the Mayor of a Designated City (defined in Article 252-19, Paragraph 1 of the Local Autonomy Act (Act No. 67 of 1947)) or Core City (defined in Article 252-22, Paragraph 1 of the same Act). This certificate is intended to enhance the welfare of individuals with intellectual disabilities, and is given to persons who have been determined to have an intellectual disability by a Children’s Welfare Center or a Rehabilitation Counseling Center for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities. The certificate indicates the extent of the individual’s disability and other relevant information.
4. Individuals caring for people to whom any of 1–3 above apply (however, there is a limit of one carer per person.)
A certificate must be presented to receive an exemption. Please bring your certificate with you when you enter Kishiwada Castle.