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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3.02 weeks ago

Quite large park. The castle is definitely interesting to see. Everything seems to be lined with gold. Even the floor seems to shine a bit, even though it's just normal tatami. Most rooms are just that though. Tatami floor, yellow-golden walls with tiger paintings. The nightingale walkway is interesting to hear as well. All in all, I found it quite repetitive and unspectacular. This palace was used to impress the people and show the power of a nobleman. Back then, certainly that was quite something. Nowadays, it's just kitsch ;)

So for 1030¥, it's actually quite the rip-off. Though of course it's an experience you can only have here. So overall I'd recommend to go. Still think the price is way too high.

4.02 weeks ago

Definitely a nice way to spend some of your day if you enjoy old historical buildings. The castle grounds and gardens are very pretty. Sadly, even when buying the all-inclusive ticket, you still need to pay more in order to enter their closed exhibitions.

3.0a week ago

This castle was really neat. The architecture in Asia are always interesting to see compared to Western buildings. The gardens were beautiful and the moat was a wonder to see with its carp and koi fish. The Castle itself is closed off so you can't enter inside and see anything. I was most amazed by the fact that this exists within the middle of a busy modern city. The contrast of this tranquil historical landmark to the busy modern traffic and city was what struck me the most.

5.03 weeks ago

(visits: 3 or 4) one of the best castle experiences in Japan. Despite being the way too overcrowded Kyoto, the castle wasn't any where as close to as bad as Osaka castle crowed. This castle is very unique. Worth checking out. Nice park too.

5.02 weeks ago

This residence of the Shogun is definitely a must see in Kyoto. Housing the reportedly only palace in a castle in Japan the expanse takes a good 2-3 hrs to take in the sights of grounds & the two major buildings. While the Shogun's residence is accessible the larger palace used by the Emperor when he visits is undergoing restoration at this time. I found the English audio guide useful. There is a charge for that & for admission.

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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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