Mar/21 - Apr/14, 2019 Nijo Castle Sakura Festival3.4
from 3/21 '19 to 4/14 '19
Nijo Castle is a Japanese castle built by Tokugawa Ieyasu in the Edo period in Kyoto city and is registered as a World Heritage Site.
Nijo Castle is one of the most popular cherry blossom sakura viewing spots in Kyoto, there are about 300 of 50 varieties sakura trees in full bloom in April.
At night sakura trees are lit up, and it brings you to a fantastic and dreamy world different from daytime.
In addition, Nijo Castle Sakura Festival is held on 3/21 - 4/14 including the projection mapping on the castle gates, illumination on the rape blossoms and more.
There are 3 best points in the festival, the gate projection mapping, the illumination of thin Sakura-lined path and rape blossoms, and the Seiryu garden illumination.
Gate projection mapping----Blue butterflies form and fly on the gate, turn into gold and dance into the castle as if they are bringing spring into Nijo castle.
Illumination of Sakura-lined paths and rape blossom----The small path that passes out from the park of sakura is also illuminated. Great photo place!
Seiryu garden illumination---- At Seiryu garden, the illumination suddenly moves when you shine your smartphone light, and the sakura trees in front of you suddenly light up when you sit on the bench. This event is supported by Rikkyo University.
Dates: March 21 (Thr) - April 14 (Sun), 2019
Hours: 8:45 - 17:00, 18:00 - 21:30
Admission Fee: 600 yen / Adult, 350 yen / Junior and High school student, 200 yen / Child, Pay Area: 300 yen
Venue: Nijo Castle
Address: 541 Nijo-jo-cho, Horikawa-nishi-iru, Nijo-dori, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto city
Access: 5 min walk from Nijo-jo-mae Sta. on Tozai subway line
Purposeworld heritage,cherry blossom viewing,shrine/temple,sightseeing
Airport/Sta.Nijojomae sta. (about 300m) Google Transit
We guide this spot.
4.0a week ago
It is another historical castle with beautiful gardens located on Kyoto. The place is open from 0845 AM to 4 PM daily. Allocate around 3 hours to fully enjoy this place at a leisure pace. Otherwise you can speed though it in an hour too. The main attraction is the huge Palace in the middle. Beautiful and elegant and very preserved. You have to take off your shoes. There are markings in English language with audio tours available. Surrounding gardens are beautiful and very well maintained. It's a treat to enjoy the serene atmosphere and beauty of this place. Must visit place in Kyoto and highly recommended.
5.0in the last week
Beautiful castle which not only houses faithful reproductions of Tokugawa art but is home to wonderfully maintained architecture and garden. All the signage is in Japanese and English, so it's very tourist friendly. They also have tour guides available who are extremely capable in English. For only ¥1000 entry (adult) this is a must for anyone in the area.
4.02 weeks ago
It's pretty but a part is covered. The inside is beautiful but it all looks so much alike. There were signs to explain everything so we didn't need an audio guide. Maybe if you're in a hurry.
It was horrible with our stroller due to a lot of tiny stones as flooring. But too much walking for a little kid. She (3) didn't really enjoy it either. The garden was very beautiful.
For me, the fee wasn't worth it but my husband loves old castles and he really enjoyed it.
There is NO FOOD for sale, only 2 places with tea and sweets and a few resting places and toilets. So bring your own food.
4.0a month ago
Having see castles in places like Europe, India, this castle was a wonderful experience. Not as grand as what I have seen, but the precision was definitely something I have not seen before.
I had read that this was a anti ninja castle and was built in a way that prevented anyone from walking around unnoticed. You have to see/ hear it to believe it. When you walk on the floors within the castle, it squeaks to make a chirping sound. As there were so many tourists it was like birds were singing.
It is a shame that we cannot take photos within the castle. Honestly there is nothing much to photograph (truth be told). There are plenty of chambers and rooms that were used for various purposes just like in any other castle around the world. Only difference I found was the architectural design. This place was very simplistic in design and decor.
The gardens were huge and very nice. We got ourselves a audio guide and found this very helpful.
4.03 weeks ago
My wife and I really enjoyed the Cherry Blossom festival--the light shows were unique and the evening lighting worked really well highlighting the blossoms. There is parking immediately in front of the entrance, but not much, so plan on walking. A large part of the palace is closed to the public. We enjoyed our time, and we'll probably go back for the next Cherry Blossom Festival...