Kishiwada Castle – Osaka | Travel Information

Kishiwada Castle

In 1334, the first Kishiwada castle was constructed in the coastal city of Kishiwada by Wada Takaie. Kishiwada Castle is also known as Chikiri Castle, and was originally built with 5 stories, it was later struck by lighting in the early 1800’s and burnt down.  The current building was built in 1954 with some slight alterations from the original design, down grading from a 5 storied castle, to a mere 3 stories. 

Inside the Castle, there is 3 floors, with the first 2 floors serving as a museum, hosting ancient wall scroll paintings and samurai armor. Floors 1-2 are strictly no photography areas as the artworks are of cultural significance to the Osaka City. The 3rd floor of Kishiwada Castle offers a lovely view of the the Osaka area. While the view may not be the greatest view from a Japanese castle, the view of Osaka bay and to the west and the mountain range in the distance to the east makes the entry fee to the castle well worth it. 

Admission & Hours

  • 10:00am-5:00pm (Last entry at 4:00pm), Closed Mondays
  • 300JPY

Accessing Kishiwada Castle

Kishiwada Castle is located just 15 minutes away from Kishiwada Station – one of the major stops on the Nankai Line to Namba. 

Although Takojizo is a closer station to the castle, only the local trains stop here, so if you are on the airport express – which is significantly faster than the local line – then you will need to get off at Kishiwada. 

As this station is on the Nankai airport line, the cost for transport to it is a little more costly, with it costing 490JPY from Namba Station.

Nearby Kishiwada Castle

Rinku Town & Rinku Park

Rinku Town is a popular first stop for those arriving off the plane from Kansai International Airport. It’s a small, 2-floor shopping centre known as the Rinku Pleasure Town Seacle with an outlet mall across the road. Rinku Park offers a relaxing walk to help stretch the legs and walk off the jet lag.

Osaka Castle

Osaka Castle is one of the most iconic sites in all of Osaka. It is a prime example of Japanese Architecture and design, and creates a section of culture in the metropolitan sector of Osaka. It was first completed in 1583, by Toyotomi Hideyoshi. Hideyoshi ruled the country at the time. It was occupied by the Toyotomi Clan, until 1615, where it was attacked by the Tokugawa troops of whom destroyed the original Castle Keep.