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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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  • This is not a "real" castle but it's a very ancient group of buildings of the samurai area. Ticket price is low and the visit is recommended. The rooms of the palace are very historical. Something rea...  more »
  • This is a nice castle. Not as imposing as some. But the grounds are beautiful (even in the snow). Some good explanations of the nightingale floors. Make sure you are wrapped up in winter as the corrid...  more »
  • I liked the castle--it was a nice change from all the temples. After visiting a million temples it was fun to see a castle. And I really like castles. 
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  • We very much enjoyed our visit to the castle. It is big enough to spend a couple of hours without rushing. It was good to have a bit of change from numerous temples and to look inside a non religious place. When you are inside listen to the floor singing. The creaky floorboards made to warn about intruders in the castle. It beautiful :-)
  • Historical place that shows the lifestyle of Japanese shoguns. The audio guide (available at the entrance) is a great way to understand what you are seeing. If you go by bicycle, there’s a parking lot in front of the castle, make sure you pay for it before leaving your bike (only 200 Yens). Like most temples / castles, no shoes inside. There’s also an interesting overlooking area when you walk along the gardens.
  • Out of all the castles and temples we visited in Japan, this one was the most fun. It has some amazing gardens and the layout is very unique. It is easy to travel to and reasonably priced. My only complaint would be the large tour groups that crowd the area, but I guess that is pretty normal.
  • Majestically arranged and restored "castle-scape". You can see how the castle's interiors were decorated back in the days. However, some arrangements are replicas, and you can not take photos inside the castle. The main castle builfing is out of bound the time we visited thgough.
  • It is almost a 'done thing', to go to Kyoto and visit Nijo Castle. This impressive structure and site has reproduced period era architecture as well as design and furniture in some places as well. Home t the famous 'nightingale floors', Nijo is a staple for the tourist and historical enthusiast alike. Definitely worth a visit. Also, rather child friendly, with guides in multple languages as well.