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 months ago

Was there a couple of years ago during the cherry blossom period. If you love history, this is a great castle to visit since they have a lot of information and such historical significance to Japan. The gardens are beautiful and can definitely depend a whole day just walking around.

During the cherry blossom period they have a light show and also light up the garden itself. There are food stands that sells local treats and dinner options.

Come early to line up to purchase evening tickets since they are different than the regular day pass.

5.03 months ago

Beautiful castle and wonderfully restored. This was the highlight of my trip to Kyoto. I spent about an 1-1.5 hrs there, but wish I'd had more time to see the gardens. Worth the price of admission. There is an art museum with the original paintings on the grounds that I unfortunately didn't have time to enter. I'd give myself another hour if I could go back, especially if I were visiting during the growing season.

4.03 months ago

A beautiful castle and grounds. I loved the moat! The tour of inside the Shoguns guest rooms was a lovely insight to what was.
It's always a shame that the monuments and scriptures are replicas but it makes sense when there are many tourists in and out.
Unfortunately there was a lot of restructuring and scaffolding up which did take away some experience.

4.04 months ago

Interesting castle with beautiful grounds. The interior of the northern set of buildings is closed for renovations but the first part is open and you can experience the famous "Nightingale Floor" and learn about the life of the Shogun and his entourage. The ornate ceilings appear to be original but most of the screen paintings are good quality reproductions.

3.03 months ago

For its pricing, I was expecting more. The first castle we went was going around all the different rooms they had. The murals on walls or doors differ by theme and such and the bird sound making walkway as we walk along. All the rooms were empty with just a few having display of statue model of the emperor meeting his officials or subjects etc. The inner part there's also another Palace but was under renovation. As we went in quite late, only able to take the quick route. So nothing much.

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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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