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 weeks ago

Absolutely stunning Castle in Kyoto, I think it’s classified as a world heritage site. The gardens and architecture of the castle is something you won’t forget. I don’t presume to know much about such things but you can appreciate the beauty and history of this building. Well worth a visit if you are in Kyoto.

5.02 weeks ago

Very fun to see the old castle. Check out the replicas of famous paintings and read about the castle in both Japanese and English. The garden is famously beautiful in Spring and Autumn, but we went in Summer and even in the rain it was enjoyable.

5.03 weeks ago

It was an interesting thing to see. Though many parts were under renovation (7/13/2019) most likely due to the 2020 olympics, you can still have an amazing view of the castle and garden. The green areas are truly spectacular to see and the history is quite interesting. I believe around 2 hours would suffice, 3 if you are a slow walker and like to take a lot of pictures.

4.0a month ago

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.

3.0a month ago

I didn’t understand the beauty of this place. There are many more much worthy places in Kyoto to visit. Yes, of course it represents an important historical and cultural heritage, but at least visually it is average. There are two palaces inside and one was completely covered for renovation.

The other you can walk into but it is very crowded. Most of the art work inside is reproduction only. The originals are kept at the gallery also on the palace grounds, but it is only open for special exhibits (check the schedule online). Inside the palace it was so hot, with no circulating air at all and tons of people and jams. About mid way I felt dizzy and just wanted to get out, but you have to follow the official route and walk all the way back to the entrance.

Gardens were ok, also did not feel too special comparing to some gorgeous gardens you can find in temples near by.

If you are on a tight schedule I think this can easily be skipped.

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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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