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.
4.0in the last week
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.
4.02 weeks ago
Lucky for us the cherry blossoms were in bloom. This was right by our hotel so was an easy stop for us. Inside of the castle costs more to tour and basically consists of painted murals. These are also reproductions as the originals are in the museum. The interior architecture was impressive and they had a lot of written information regarding the castle and it's inhabitants. I found it informative. The garden is beautiful and a great place to check out cherry blossoms! Overall we were able to do this in about 2 hours, but we totally took our time and read all of the informational signs.
4.0in the last week
Not a bad spot but you’ll be surrounded by tourists. The grounds are beautiful with gardens and cherry blossoms in spring. They had an exotic car exhibit that cost extra but it was nice to have other options. If you only have a day there are more it wearing sites in Kyoto
4.0in the last week
Beautiful area. The audio guides made a difference, gave more meat to the story. Interesting that it was only used by royalty during 15 years and then left to the guardians for 250... The back building is under reconstruction but still worthwhile. Doesn't feel as crowded as many other Kyoto sightseeings due to the vast space.
5.0in the last week
Nice heritage place with plenty of information regarding the transition from the Shogun reign to the Imperial rule with some nice surrounding gardens. Cost of entry was 1,000 Yen which included the palace entry. Worth a visit if your in the Kyoto area.