Nijo Castle

Sightseeing information about Nijo Castle in Japan.


World Heritage: Nijo Castle4.9

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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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4.0in the last week

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...

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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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