Kishiwada Castle and the traditional streets surrounding it give a glimpse into old Japan. First erected in the 1300s, the castle boasts a structure similar to the famed Hikone Castle, and sits within an immaculate garden designed by renowned Japanese landscaper, Mirei Shigemori.
Kishiwada Castle is only a 10-minute train ride from Kansai International Airport
Many artifacts are on display in the castle's exhibition rooms
Its top floor boasts views of a uniquely designed rock garden
From Namba Station take the express train on the Nankai Main Line to Kishiwada Station. The castle is a 15-minute walk from there.
From Kansai International Airport you can take the Nankai Line to Takojizo Station, from where Kishiwada Castle is only a five-minute walk.
In September, Kishiwada Castle plays host to the world-famous Kishiwada Danjiri Matsuri festival. It's said to be one of the wildest festivals in the Osaka region. Local participants carry danjiris, large wooden floats, through the streets alongside traditional Japanese drummers and flute players. If you're in Osaka in September, this event is not to be missed.
If you're staying near the airport or have time to spare between flights, consider spending some time at Kishiwada Castle. If you're in the mood for last-minute shopping, head to the nearby Rinku Town shopping outlets. Lockers are available at major train stations if you need to store your luggage.