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Nijo Castle, Kyoto

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Originally built in 1603 and holding World Heritage Site status, Nijo Castle presents an exemplary look at Japanese feudal architecture. The castle served as a residence to the first Edo shogun, Tokugawa Ieyasu, and the complex contains two concentric circles of moat and wall fortifications, surrounding the central palace and auxiliary buildings. Observe the sound you make as you walk through the corridors connecting various buildings on the "nightingale floors" designed to make noise and warn guards against intruders. Arrange to visit Nijo Castle and other attractions in Kyoto using our Kyoto travel itinerary planner.
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  • The entrance is 600 yen for adults, and then you have to pay more if you want to go in some of the buildings. The big "castle house" was cool, there was also displayings of the former shoguns. Worth i...  more »
  • Don't let the castle in the name deceive you. This place is more like a villa built on castle grounds. You must remove any footwear being worn to enter the "keep" and photography of any kind is prohib...  more »
  • Walking through the castle, you get a really good opportunity to understand what it was like to live as a wealthy samurai. Hallways are all on the outside of the proper rooms, the rooms themselves are...  more »
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  • Came around 10 on a Sunday in late April. The flow of the tour is well signed from the east entrance so don't bother reading the program and just do them in order 1-10. Can't take pictures inside the castle and must take your shoes off, rooms are empty but the paintings on the walls and the signage tells a good story to learn a bit of Japanese history from the Shogun period 1600-1800s to the start of the Meiji period. Yes there could be more inside the rooms but the $6 (600 yen) is not a bad price to pay for a hour - hour and a half stroll. Kids will like feeding the carp (100 yen) in the moat of the second palace. The garden is beautiful and happy we went.
  • The palace is a big building with lots of rooms with murals and sliding doors. It's old and completely made out of wood which gives it character, and in a very western and modern Japan it's one of the few things that gives you a sense of the traditional past. I loved to see it, as well as the beautiful gardens outside. It is rather touristy though and we went through it in a long line of photo snapping tourists, all making pictures of the same things but still worth a visit.
  • We visited on a Monday afternoon and it was not too crowded. It is such a beautiful, historic castle in Kyoto. You must take your shoes off to wander through the main castle building. The rooms are empty, aside from the art on the walks & ceiling. But we really enjoyed imagining what life must have been like living here during the different eras and the history that happened within these walls. There are very lovely gardens with sakura blossoms in the spring, also.
  • Came by during the New Year so the palace was closed off but we were still able to look around the grounds. Really nice old wooden structures (Palaces and gates) and quite a tranquil garden. What I found interesting was that there was a second moat within the grounds to an inner castle and garden. There was also a lookout point in the inner area. Wandering the area could take hours to almost a day depending on what you end up doing, we took about 2 hours to walk through the main areas bypassing the gardens along the edge of the castle ground.
  • One of the few palaces you can enter and walk around. No photos inside, but most of the interior paintings are reproductions of the originals that are now stored at national museum. Great exterior garden/grounds. Was under extensive restoration when I visited, but still incredible. Will be even better when it fix up is complete.