Kishiwada, Osaka Prefecture.
Kishiwada is indicated by the red marker.
Kishiwada Castle (also known as Chikiri Castle), in Kishiwada Southern Osaka, is a flatland style Japanese Castle, which was built by order of Hideaway Koide in 1597, on the site of a fort constructed by Tokay Wada in 1334. Control of Kishiwada Castle transferred to Takatsuki and then Okabe Mino 1640. The Okabe clan maintained control of Kishiwada Castle until the Meiji Restoration. The donjon (tower) was destroyed by lightning 1827. A modern reconstruction of the donjon including a museum with exhibition rooms for artefacts and watch tower was completed in 1954.
Gofuso is a historic house built by Rikichi Terada of the Terada family conglomerate, in Kishiwada Osaka. Gofuso was built prior to World War II with a modern Japanese style architecture and premium materials such as timber without knots. Gofuso even featured an airconditioner.
Kishiwada Danjiri Hall, in the city of Kishiwada, Southern Osaka exhibits some of the floats from previous Kishiwada Danjiri Festivals (The Fighting Festival). Kishiwada Danjiri Hall also has multimedia presentations of previous festivals.
Kishiki Shrine, in Kishiwada city in Southern Osaka Prefecture, is famous for Kishiwada Danjiri Festival 'The Fighting Festival' held in mid September, which involves up to 1,000 people pulling Danjiri (floats) up the steep slopes of the path to Kishiwada Castle at great speed. Kishiki Shrine was established in 1361.
Author: Craig Fryer