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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. Put Nijo 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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  • October 4, 2017
    It’s close to KYOTO JR station but if you can buy a one day bus ticket it’s easier to reach. It will cost you around 500¥ and for one person. It’s with big garden and it’s not much attraction place fo...  more »
  • October 4, 2017
    First a warning, as with lots of attractions in Japan, if you have a beef with taking your shoes off, this place is not for you. However, brave the socks and enjoy the amazing artwork. The wall painti...  more »
  • October 3, 2017
    We really loved Nijo Castle. I'm surprised it's not ranked among the top 3. What's really fun is to walk the corridors and hear the sound of nails against the wood, they call it the nightingale floors  more »
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  • May 3, 2017
    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.
  • June 13, 2017
    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.
  • July 7, 2017
    A tranquil place (even when it's full of tourists) don't expect lots of displays, the attraction is based around the architecture, the grounds and the 'feeling' of being here. The noisy floors (that sounded to us like birds chirping) were interesting. Going in blossom time adds a bit more interest again.
  • April 16, 2017
    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.
  • July 13, 2017
    The gardens are beautifully presented. Went too early to get into the castle that opens at 9. The water garden on western side is quaint and stunning!

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Kyoto spoils visitors for choice when it comes to good accommodations, offering everything from traditional ryokans to luxury Western-style hotels. In a city used to receiving foreign travelers, you'll find that most establishments know exactly what to offer tourists and how to help newcomers to the area. To avoid paying premium prices during the cherry blossom season, consider staying in Osaka, located just a 30-minute train ride away. If you must stay in Kyoto itself, keep in mind that centrally located hotels charge more than those in the outer neighborhoods.
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