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Nijo Castle, Kyoto

World heritage site · Castle · Landmark
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. PutNijo Castle into our Kyoto road trip site and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • The palace was not open due to the New Year holidays but the garden was open. Most of the buildings were being renovated anyways so we wouldn’t have been able to go inside. It would be worth visiting....  more »
  • Beautiful castle interiors. If only they allowed pictures inside!! There’s a bit of construction / restoration in some areas but the main halls are accessible.  more »
  • Nijo Castle (Nijōjō) and Ninomaru Palace is definitely worth a visit while staying in Kyoto. The garden is simply stunning! Nijōjō was built in 1603 for the first Shogun during the Edo period...  more »
  • A beautiful historic Japanese castle over 400 years old. It was a very open and large complex with much to see. The self-paced tour was easy and relaxing and best for us. A wonderful experience and we look forward to visiting there again. The gardens were great!
  • An easily accessible Castle, which makes it a great place to go if you have a few extra hours. The architecture is intricate and beautiful, as you would expect. If you do not want to pay the price of admission, the front gate is still a good place to take pictures, as well as walking around the outside wall.
  • As you may already know this is a must in Kyoto. I visited in January 2020, and the castle was under reconstruction, so we couldn’t enter, but we visited the palace, which was magnificent and totally worth our time and money. The wall paintings are really unique. The entrance fee is 1030 yen, and you also get to see some beautiful gardens around the palace and the garden. Finally there is a gallery with entrance fee of 200yen.
  • 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.
  • It’s a very pretty place. Definitely for history buffs if you’re keen in understanding the history of Japan. Shogun and Emperors. For me, it was more of a walk. Get the audio headset if you want more information. I went in autumn and it was beautiful!

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