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.

Purposeelderly,world heritage,experience,family,knows a lot about Japan,cherry blossom viewing,shrine/temple,art,sightseeing,second time in Japan
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4.0a week ago

Lucky for us the cherry blossoms were in bloom. This was right by our hotel so was an easy stop for us. Inside of the castle costs more to tour and basically consists of painted murals. These are also reproductions as the originals are in the museum. The interior architecture was impressive and they had a lot of written information regarding the castle and it's inhabitants. I found it informative. The garden is beautiful and a great place to check out cherry blossoms! Overall we were able to do this in about 2 hours, but we totally took our time and read all of the informational signs.

4.0in the last week

Beautiful area. The audio guides made a difference, gave more meat to the story. Interesting that it was only used by royalty during 15 years and then left to the guardians for 250... The back building is under reconstruction but still worthwhile. Doesn't feel as crowded as many other Kyoto sightseeings due to the vast space.

5.0a month ago

Beautiful castle. It has moat!!! Well it's water but still pretty damn cool.

Expect to spend a lot of time here. It's on the expensive side of 600 Yen.

This castle is massive! We tried to blow through it all but we still spent around 2 hours taking pictures. You can easily spend more.

You have to be in decent shape to reach all interest points. The look out deck is on top of very steep stairs so be careful.

No ramps for wheelchairs but the Japanese are GANGSTER they don't need ramps.

Fat Americans (like me) beware! You'll have to walk a ton here.

5.02 weeks ago

This was a really nice castle, for $6 I really felt like I got my money's worth. The grounds are quite big and the main castle itself was wonderful. Although you can't take pictures inside the castle the shoe pile was worthy and the gardens and gates make for some good shots.

4.02 weeks ago

It is a good place to take time and go around. The building and little waterway look beautiful. The castle has a little yard inside that is good to sit down and relax. The building itself offers plenty to see. It is not famous compared to other castles like osaka but this place is far more attractive. Go visit this place if you have 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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