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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5.0a month ago

Gorgeous murals, wood work, and an interesting look into the Shogunate that started and ended in this castle. A must for anyone interested in history. The gardens are also spectacular. Rest facilities are clean and accessible. You do need to take off your shoes to enter the main building, so be prepared.

5.0a month ago

Highly recommended. Come for the history and stay for the adventure!

Absolutely stunning views. We were grateful that we took the time to visit the castle. I just wish we had another week or more right here. There was so much to see. Plan on spending half a day in order to enjoy everything!

5.03 weeks ago

The illumination was definitely a must see. Would recommend not to stand in line before it opens since you can easily buy the ticket and walk in after around 6:30 pm. During the day visit it was great to see that all the descriptions within the castle also had translations for tourists.

4.03 weeks ago

Great place to walk around and spend a morning learning about how the culture of Japan influences architecture of spaces and art. Do note; late autumn (second half November) features light shows after dark till 9pm on the premises that are also worth visiting - for those visiting from warmer clone climates, night time temperatures are about 4 degrees C so dress appropriately.

5.02 months ago

The castle grounds was impressive; the high surrounding walls and moats were well crafted and withstood the passage of time in excellent condition.
The castle is a beautiful building; you begin its tour by leaving your shoes at the entrance and securing your camera/phones. No photography allowed in building.
You can read all the history and enjoy all the artworks(replicas of original). I was intrigued by the squeaky floors and the technology the used to achieve the sounds.
It was a bit steamy in September but a tour is well worth your time.

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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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