Nijo Castle

Sightseeing information about Nijo Castle in Japan.


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Nijo Castle was built in 1603 as the official Kyoto residence for the first shogun of the Edo period, Tokugawa Ieyasu. This is a huge wooden edifice surrounded by stone walls and moats, not heavily fortified like the other castles.

The palace rooms are all covered with tatami mats and elegantly decorated with spectacular screen paintings. You will walk along in socket feet and come across the "nightingale" corridor floors which were designed to tell the guards when there were "visitors" in the building.

English audio guides are available for rent at the gate.

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5.02 months ago

A beautiful historic Japanese castle over 400 years old. It was a very open and large complex with much to see. The self-paced tour was easy and relaxing and best for us. A wonderful experience and we look forward to visiting there again. The gardens were great!

4.02 months ago

An easily accessible Castle, which makes it a great place to go if you have a few extra hours. The architecture is intricate and beautiful, as you would expect. If you do not want to pay the price of admission, the front gate is still a good place to take pictures, as well as walking around the outside wall.

5.02 months ago

As you may already know this is a must in Kyoto. I visited in January 2020, and the castle was under reconstruction, so we couldn’t enter, but we visited the palace, which was magnificent and totally worth our time and money. The wall paintings are really unique. The entrance fee is 1030 yen, and you also get to see some beautiful gardens around the palace and the garden. Finally there is a gallery with entrance fee of 200yen.

5.02 weeks ago

Beautiful castle and wonderfully restored. This was the highlight of my trip to Kyoto. I spent about an 1-1.5 hrs there, but wish I'd had more time to see the gardens. Worth the price of admission. There is an art museum with the original paintings on the grounds that I unfortunately didn't have time to enter. I'd give myself another hour if I could go back, especially if I were visiting during the growing season.

4.04 weeks ago

It’s a very pretty place. Definitely for history buffs if you’re keen in understanding the history of Japan. Shogun and Emperors. For me, it was more of a walk. Get the audio headset if you want more information. I went in autumn and it was beautiful!

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By one hour's tour in Nijo Castle, you can enjoy time travel to Shogun Era about 400 years ago. Magnificient wooden structure, beautiful garden and classical furnishing made you feel as if you were a member of wearig classical co...

By one hour's tour in Nijo Castle, you can enjoy time travel to Shogun
Era about 400 years ago. Magnificient wooden structure, beautiful garden
and classical furnishing made you feel as if you were a member of wearig
classical costume in Nijo Castle. Please come to Nijo Castle and use
imagination to explore Edo era as the guests who have visited there before.

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Would you like to visit Shogun's residence with me to try to explore the squeaking sound of floor, Nightingale floor? You can feel magnificent atmosphere and elegant interiors of each room.

Would you like to visit Shogun's residence with me to try to explore the squeaking sound of floor, Nightingale floor?
You can feel magnificent atmosphere and elegant interiors of each room.

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Have you ever seen pine trees being pruned by a gardener? It is very interesting. Ninomaru Garden is well maintained, and sometimes we can see gardeners are pruning pine trees. Do you know how gardeners prune the pine trees on the Horai ...

Have you ever seen pine trees being pruned by a gardener? It is very interesting. Ninomaru Garden is well maintained, and sometimes we can see gardeners are pruning pine trees. Do you know how gardeners prune the pine trees on the Horai islet located in the middle of the Ninomaru Garden pond? I heard from a taxi driver, that they use a crane machine! I have never seen that. If you see such a pruning operation, you are so lucky!

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You can see the chamber, where the Shogun held audiences with his Daimyo, local lords subject to the authority of the Shogun, in the Ni-no-maru or original memaining second court as well as Ni-no-maru Garden, go-round style with a pond i...

You can see the chamber, where the Shogun held audiences with his Daimyo, local lords subject to the authority of the Shogun, in the Ni-no-maru or original memaining second court as well as Ni-no-maru Garden, go-round style with a pond in its center and rocks of various colors and sizes arranged artistically, surrounded by cherry, maple, pine and other trees. Possible to appreciate the status of Shogunate.

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