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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5.02 weeks 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.

5.0a week ago

One of my favorite attractions so far as you can actually walk inside the castle and really get a feel for how grand it is. There are guidebooks in English and explanations within the castle of the meanings behind the wall murals and architecture of the rooms. The outside garden is beautiful to walk through as well.

5.0a week ago

Loved this place, the castle itself is stunning. The walls, the moat, the gardens are all stunning. It takes a good 2 hours to fully do inside of the castle and the gardens. It is well worth hiring the audio guide to walk through the castle as it informs you truly how important this castle was in the history of Japan. We'll worth the visit and was one of our favourite places in Kyoto

4.0a week ago

Good place to visit if you appreciate architecture and history. You can visit the castle and view the interior design of the castle while learning its history. Or you can stroll around the castle ground which is filled with lush greenery (if you come in summer). Good place to stroll and spend half day in Kyoto.

3.0a week ago

The grounds are expansive and you get to tour the interior of the castle, but it is not a must visit place in my opinion. The castle interiors are bare rooms with little to no exhibits of daily lives of the people who once lived in there. Tapestries are reproductions only and you have to pay an additional fee to view the originals which are stored in another exhibit. The entrance fee of 600 yen is quite high compared to other more interesting attractions in Kyoto.

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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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