Kishiwada Castle 岸和田城
Founder Koide Hidemasa
Year 1585
Type Flatland
Condition Reconstructed
Alternate Name Chikiri-jo
Reconstructed 1954 (concrete)
Structure 3 levels, 3 stories
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Historical Site Local Historic Site
Location Kishiwada, Osaka
Map Google Map
Access Kishiwada Sta. (Nankai Main Line), 10 min. walk
Website Kishiwada City Sightseeing
Visited March 8, 2013
Visitor Info. 300 yen admission; open 10am-5pm, no admission after 4pm; Closed Mondays, except national holidays; | Time Required: 45 mins
History The history of fortifications on this site date back to the 1300's, but the castle you see here today was founded by Koide Hidemasa in 1585. Okabe Nobukatsu took control of the castle in 1640 and his ancestors ruled until the Meiji Restoration. The original main keep was struck by lightning and burned down in 1827. The original main keep had five stories but this mock reconstruction has only 3.
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  • suupaahiiroo    October 10, 2016 at 11:48 PM
    Visited this castle when I was in Kishiwada for the exciting danjiri festival. The reconstructed keep looks nice enough. I didn't feel like paying to enter it, though The highlight here is definitely the karesansui (枯山水) garden, a dry landscape garden designed by Mirei Shigemori in 1953. I assume the best views of this garden are from the top story of the tenshu. (If you ever take the Nankai train from Osaka International Airport (KIX) to Osaka City, you can catch a glimpse of this castle from the train. That's how I learned about the existence of this castle.)
  • rebolforces on My Page    May 21, 2011 at 07:24 PM
    Worst castle inside, 300yen for what? Looks good from outside though. Felt sorry for the poor monkey in the cage
  • furinkazan on My Page    October 08, 2010 at 06:26 PM
    I visited this castle today. It is a nice little castle. You can take pictures of it from around the outer and inner bailey, which i found really nice.
  • Anonymous    September 04, 2009 at 09:24 AM
    Kishiwada Castle has a magnificent garden designed by the master of twentieth-century Japanese garden architecture, Shigemori Mirei.
  • Anonymous    May 02, 2009 at 06:37 PM
    I really enjoyed escaping to this castle from the tourist crazed Osaka castle. It was a very pleasant surprise. Definitely worth a look.
  • Greg Gagnon    February 29, 2008 at 10:21 PM
    I visited the castle last year, and it is a good example of a small castle, which is why I believe it should be given a higher than "1" rating, maybe 2 or 2.5. Also, inside the castle is a great exhibit of shoudo, quite a few of the family armor collection on display, and a good sword exhibit. Worth a look if you have time in Kansai region, as it is only about 30 minutes from Osaka.
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Kishiwada, Osaka
Kishiwada Castle views
Main keep main keep and moat
main keep, walls and moat Honmaru stone walls and entrance
Honmaru stone walls Ninomaru Yagura
Ninomaru Bailey Gate to the Honmaru
Gate to the Honmaru Inside the Honmaru Gate
Stone walls just inside the Honmaru. Reconstructed corner yagura
Honmaru Yaguramon Gate, Corner Yagura and Tamon Yagura Honmaru Corner Yagura and Tamon Yagura
View from the top of the main keep. Map