20 minutes by car from Kansai Airport.                    Japanese cultural heritage site where you can make a casual visit.

20 minutes by car from Kansai Airport.                    Japanese cultural heritage site where you can make a casual visit.

 

Visit and experience Kishiwada Castle

Kishiwada Castle has a long history and is full of attractions such as the Hachijin Garden (which is designated as a site of National Scenic Beauty), an antique-looking stone wall, and the castle tower with its exhibition room.
Visitors can enjoy an exhibition of items and stories with historical significance, the experience of wearing armor, an audio guide, and several other features that help them discover the charm of the castle.
We are looking forward to seeing you at Kishiwada Castle.

Highlight

Highlight

01

National Site of Scenic Beauty: Kishiwada Castle Garden
(Hachijin 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.

National Site of Scenic Beauty: Kishiwada Castle Garden (Hachijin Garden)
02

Castle Tower

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.

Castle Tower
03

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.

History of Kishiwada Castle Exhibition
  • Materials depicting the five-tier castle tower (In the collection of the National Archives of Japan)

    Materials depicting
    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.

  • Seaside Castle  

    Seaside Castle

    It is known that in the past, Kishiwada Castle was built on a terrace by the sea.

04

Screening of
“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.

Screening of “The Legend of Tako Jizo”
  • “Tako Jizo” — a drama set in Kishiwada Castle in the Sengoku Period (In the collection of Tenshoji Temple)

    “Tako Jizo”
    — 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 (storyteller)  

    Story from Nanshu Kyokudo
    (storyteller)

    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.

05

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.

Armor and Helmet Wearing Experience
06

Photo Spots

Here are some attractive photo spots recommended by Kishiwada Castle staff. Take a memorable picture of Kishiwada Castle

Photo Spots
07

Multilingual
audio guide

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.

Multilingual audio guide
08

Instagram
Hashtag Promotion

Let's post your photos on Instagram with the hashtags #kishiwadacastle and #kishicas!

Instagram Hashtag Promotion

─ Post example ─

Hashtag Present Campaign

We will offer a special gift to visitors from abroad who post about Kishiwada Castle on Instagram with both the #kishiwadacastle and #kishicas hashtags!

[Entry]

  1. Visit and take photos of Kishiwada Castle, and then post your photos with both of the above hashtags.
  2. Show your post to a castle employee.

[Notes]

  • - Only visitors from abroad are eligible for the gift.
  • - The campaign ends when gifts run out.
  • - Participants should take part in this campaign at their own risk and responsibility. We will not be held responsible for any harm resulting from participation in this campaign except for cases caused by our willful misconduct or gross negligence.
  • - Please make sure that the photos you post do not violate any copyrights, offend public order and decency, or invade someone's privacy.
  • - Instagram does not officially support, approve, run, or have any involvement in this campaign.

 

Access

交通アクセス

9-1 Kishikicho,
Kishiwada-shi, Osaka 596-0073
Japan
TEL:072-431-3251
FAX: 072-431-9706

  • 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

 

User guide

ご利用案内

  • Opening hours

    10:00 – 17:00  (Last entry 16:00)

  • Closing days

    Every Monday
    (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

入場料

  • Admission fee (castle tower)

    Adults: 300 yen
    Junior high school students and under: Free

  • Group discount

    30% discount on the admission fee for groups of 25 or more

3-attraction pass

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.

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