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.
A nice little castle to visit with interesting stone walls. The moat looks like it was unusually low when I was there.
|English Name||Kishiwada Castle|
|Castle Condition||Reconstructed main keep|
|Designations||Next 100 Castles, Local Historic Site|
|Historical Period||Edo Period|
|Main Keep Structure||3 levels, 3 stories|
|Year Reconstructed||1954 (concrete)|
|Features||main keep, gates, turrets, water moats, stone walls, walls|
|Access||Kishiwada Sta. (Nankai Main Line), 10 min. walk|
|Visitor Information||300 yen admission; open 10am-5pm, no admission after 4pm; Closed Mondays, except national holidays;|
|Time Required||45 mins|
|Coordinates||34° 27' 32", 135° 22' 14"|
|Visits||March 8, 2013|