Osaka | 5.5h
Experience the Most Full-of-Vibe Festival in Castle Town
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A secret spot! A place that is infamous but worth paying a visit.

Where would you go after arriving at the Kansai International Airport? On your way to the downtown area, you better stop by Kishiwada city because it takes only 20 minutes from the Airport, and it has many spots worth visiting!
The city is famous for the energetic festival, calls “Danjiri”. How energetic it is? Well, energetic enough to accidentally break houses or injure someone. There is a facility where you can feel the essence of this festival.
There is also a castle and a castle town that still remains the atmosphere of 400 years ago!
Not famous but, everyone visited this city says more people should visit. Let’s go on a tour to explore the unknown but nice city, Kishiwada!

Highlights

・Experience what “Danjiri” is like, a festival famous for its energy. In this tour, you can grasp the essence of the festival no matter the season, the date. Discover the secret why people run and draw a tons-weighting wooden car for two days even though they will probably get injured.
・Strolling around a castle town that has houses with clay roof tiles.
・Get to the top of Kishiwada castle. You can see the famous Japanese garden in the castle from the top of it!
・Become familiar with a secret spot, since the town itself, is infamous in spite of the famous festival.

Attractions

TAKOYAKI DOURAKU WANAKA: A shop selling “Takoyaki” which is flour based round snack with pieces of octopus in it. It is an iconic food of Osaka and this shop is a branch of a shop that was listed on the Michelin guide of Osaka Kyoto!
Jyurokken Nagaya: A 120 meters long Japanese architecture which 16 houses exit in separated from each other by a thin wall. It was built in a castle about 100 years ago. There are still many people living here, so you can see the old-fashioned lifestyle!
Mansard Nagaya: Nagaya is a Japanese style apartment complex, but this Nagaya is unique in that it is built in Western style. You can see the Kishiwada castle from the house so you feel that this place used to be a castle town.
Kishiwada castle: A castle in a common Japanese architect style. The attraction is the Japanese garden which is beautiful no matter which angle you will look it from. You will realize that it has a unique shape when taking a look at it from the top of the castle. This castle and garden are unique to Kishiwada!
Kishiki Shrine: A shrine which is a sacred place of the “Danjiri” festival. There are many Japanese-like things suitable for souvenirs such as amulets with straps and votive pictures of “Danjiri”.
Ganko Kishiwada Gofuso: A Japanese architecture and garden that was built in 1029. It is listed on the city’s best spots list and it has three rooms for Japanese traditional tea ceremony in the stroll garden with a central pond. Now a restaurant is in charge of this building but just visiting the garden is enjoyable enough.
Kishiwada Danjiri Kaikan: A local history museum built to let people experience “Danjiri” no matter the season, the date. (Danjiri is held in the fall for only two days a year) you can wear a traditional wear for the festival and hit the Japanese drum!
Takoyaki Sumiyoshi: A takoyaki shop popular among locals and said to be the best in Osaka. Being located in a residential area, you won’t be able to find it without otomo tour guide.
Machizukuri no Yakata: There are nice houses at the “Honmachi” street with clay roof tiles. To maintain this district, residents are still cooperating with each other. Let’s take a break at this facility where you can rest freely.
Natural History Museum: A museum where you can learn about the greenery of Kishiwada and the world. You can also make a creature with a Japanese handcraft “Origami”. The main attraction of this facility is stuffed animals which they have hundreds of. Lions, tigers, elephants and other animals are waiting for you!

Notes

・Please come in comfortable clothing, as this tour involves a lot of walking.
・The tour begins and ends in different locations. If you would like to change the location of where the tour ends, please consult with your tour guide.
・This tour includes a lunch/dinner venue.

Expenses Not Included

The following expenses are not included in the tour fee. Please bring extra money to experience this tour to its fullest.
-Travel expenses and entrance fees (about JPY 1000)
-Money for food, souvenirs and extra activities not mentioned in the explanation of the tour above.

Meeting Point

Outside the central exit of Kishiwada Station, Nankai Railway.

【When you come from Kansai International Airport】 「Kansai Airport Station」, Nankai Airport Line Airport Express (Bound for Namba Station)→「Kishiwada Station」 (aprox. 15minutes)
【When you come from Osaka Station】 「Osaka Station」, Osaka Loop Line directed to Nishikujo Yamatoji Express (Bound for Nara Station)→「Shin-Imamiya Station」(aprox. 25minutes) 「Shin-Imamiya Station」 Nanakai Line AIrport Express(Bound for Kansai Airport)→「Kishiwada Station」(aprox. 25minutes) "

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