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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5.0in the last week

It was very beautiful. Though I went in winter so I missed a lot of the gardens. However even what I did see of the castle and the grounds was really impressive. Well worth taking the time to walk around all of it (about 2 hours).

4.0in the last week

Historic architecture and a nice walk around the garden. There's not so much slope so it is good to come with elderly who could walk around in flat. You could have a look inside the castle but photos are forbidden. There's also a small sweets shop to stop by for coffee/Tea. I found the gate the most beautiful in the whole area.

5.03 weeks ago

It was a crazy, blistering hot day but yet this place drew us in and kept us going. It is incredibly beautiful and the main castle itself was honestly magical. Just stepping into it and hearing the floors sing was something I have never experienced before and probably will never again.

5.02 weeks ago

An extraordinary piece of history. The emperor's power ended (relinquished to the Shoguns) and was then restored in this castle. Buildings, walls and gateways from 1603 onwards. Wonderful interiors - the "nightingale floor", which sings as you walk due to the movement of nails and planks is strangely melodic. The painted walls, with pine trees, blossom, tigers, peacocks and birds of prey are beautiful (even though they are copies of the originals). There being no tigers in Japan, the originals were based on Chinese or Korean sketches and are, in some cases, an interesting interpretation. It was also believed that every 3rd tiger cub was a leopard and that is shown too. When the Emperor regained power he swapped the Shogun's 3 leaf symbol for his own chrysanthemum- both can be found. The gardens and ponds are beautiful. I recommend stopping off at the tea house for a tea.

4.02 weeks ago

A beautiful castle, with many buildings and pavilions within the complex. The suggested path will take you around the buildings and the small garden. You also can access to the interior of the palace, but you won't be allowed to take pictures. The wooden floor makes an interesting unintended sound while walking on it. Make sure to take comfortable shoes. The whole visit could take a couple of hours. Accessible for wheelchairs. Recommended

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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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