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Nijo Castle, Nakagyo

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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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  • We learned a lot about an important part of Japan’s history from the visit and the grounds were beautiful. Trying to charge money for taking a picture of the table that rents out helmets to take a pic...  more »
  • It was a beautiful day-grey light day eumsan and silence. Winter trip to Kyoto, like anywhere else, it seems better to avoid the winter
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  • It seems to me that the visit to the castle is impressive and indispensable for those who wish to delve into the time of splendor of Japan. Visiting the rooms and you get an idea of how they lived at the time. The gardens... very nice tambieny that saw them in February. In short... If he should return to Kyoto once he would return to visit
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  • Worth a visit. I think the entrance fee is 260¥ and cheaper for school kids. It is also worth to hire the audio guide. You can't take photos inside the castle. We were there in winter so the garden was not at its peak. Nonetheless, I enjoyed the scenery. It's a bit of history worth noting.
  • It is a good place to take time and go around. The building and little waterway look beautiful. The castle has a little yard inside that is good to sit down and relax. The building itself offers plenty to see. It is not famous compared to other castles like osaka but this place is far more attractive. Go visit this place if you have time.
  • Went with a group and found it very interesting. The gardens were superb in January and so I would imagine they are stunning in spring and summer. The castle and garden are laid out well to allow a guided route so you see everything.
  • This was a really beautiful site. The only regret was that when I went, the main castle was under going construction. But the whole area still took around 3 hours to go around. I recommend checking out the painting gallery for 100 yen per person. The tickets cost 600 yen per adult.
  • Photos are not allowed inside the castle. The history seeps through the walls at this place. I recommend renting the audio guide near the entrance for 500 yen. The rooms, the architecture..it all feels like history unveiling itself. Prepare to spend alot of time here.
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