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Nijo Castle, Kyoto

Categories: Castles, Tourist Spots
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4.2/5 based on 3,200+ reviews on the web
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 ideal is to visit this castle with a guide. Many details that need to be told to live appueno the identity of this castle. To see for sure.
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  • It's worth to take time and go to see Nijo castle after the many shrines. The entrance gate is stunning and the building is so beautiful. The garden also differs from the ones you can get used to in J...  read more »
  • The Castle is very large, suitable for the Shogun and the introductory option showing the Shogun receiving his Lords sets out the procedures followed. The imposing main gate shows the way and the addi...  read more »
  • For a mere 600 yen admission fee (that's less than 6 USD) you can walk around the castle grounds and be admitted to a shoeless walk inside the outer structure itself, which is quite a sight even if most of the artworks have been moved to the museum nearby Totally recommended
  • I went to watch night sakura in a rainy day. Still I feel there are too much people. Although it is nice, I have no mood for it as it becomes too noisy.
  • Very historical. A great look at castles in Japan. My country, Scotland, has many castles but Japanese ones are poles apart. Really interesting to see the contrasts.
  • If I have more time, I will certainly visit this place but I only have 2 days to spend for Kyoto. Too bad I made a bad choice and I did visit this place. If you are a history buff then it's ok but too bad I'm not. The gardens and architecture is quite interesting and you will know a lot of Japan's history here, but that's it. For me, Kiyomizudera is a LOT MORE interesting and so much more beautiful and grand. So, only come here if you have time to spare, or else, go to Kiyomizudera.
  • Worth a visit. The ¥300 coin lockers outside are perfect if you have a small suitcase or even a big bag-pack.
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