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.
5.0a week ago
One of the best attractions in Kyoto! If you are interested in beautiful historic buildings of significant value or traditional art, buy the ticket for both the building and gardens. The shogun palace is much larger than expected and the floor chirps like a nightingale as you walk on it due to the wood type and way they nailed wood. The gardens themselves are gorgeous, especially in autumn when the trees turn bright red. Good value for money.
5.0in the last week
Beautiful historical castle, grounds & gardens of the Tokugawa shogunate. For a short time, it also served as the Imperial Palace before the location changed to Tokyo. This is an amazing part of Japan's history. It's a must see! The nightingale floors were ingenious for the time period.
5.02 weeks ago
Of all the castles we visited across Japan, this is perhaps the most interesting one. The room exhibits are well persevered and almost take you back hundreds of years. The gardens are well manicured, and going through the grounds is kind of like following a treasure map.
5.02 weeks ago
Amazing! This UNESCO world heritage site may be less well-known among tourists so it is also less crowded. Love the architecture and the walk inside the building was great. There are Shogun, samurai, etc mannequins sitting in the rooms. The painting was amazing. The real paintings were housed in another gallery which we didn't know so we missed that part.
3.0a month ago
Quite large park. The castle is definitely interesting to see. Everything seems to be lined with gold. Even the floor seems to shine a bit, even though it's just normal tatami. Most rooms are just that though. Tatami floor, yellow-golden walls with tiger paintings. The nightingale walkway is interesting to hear as well. All in all, I found it quite repetitive and unspectacular. This palace was used to impress the people and show the power of a nobleman. Back then, certainly that was quite something. Nowadays, it's just kitsch ;)
So for 1030¥, it's actually quite the rip-off. Though of course it's an experience you can only have here. So overall I'd recommend to go. Still think the price is way too high.