Kishiwada Castle can be seen even as you're coming into the area by train. Situated in the middle of a modern landscape, the castle presents the sort of gorgeous sight that only a classic Japanese castle town can bring. Destroyed by fire in 1827 and subsequently rebuilt in 1954, the dazzling keep reflects sunlight off its white walls. If you look out to the west from the third floor of the keep, you'll just barely see the figures of the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge and Awaji Island in the distance. Turn your gaze below and there you'll find the castle garden transformed. The garden design was created by Mirei Shigemori and based on castle wall plans dating back at least 500 years to before the Muromachi era. It appears the plan was built to incorporate Zhuge Liang’s Eight Formations. The "general" stands in the center, and each of the Sky, Earth, Wind, Cloud, Dragon, Tiger, Bird, and Snake formations are set around it.
Adults ¥300, middle school students and under: free
10:00 – 17:00 (admission until 16:00) Closed Mondays (open if holiday), year-end and New Year holidays