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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Kyoto Morning Tour: Kyoto Imperial Palace, Golden Pavilion, Nijo Castle BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $66
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Nijo Castle Reviews
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 »
아름다운 곳이었지만 날이 회색빛인 날이라 음산하고 적막했습니다. 겨울의 교토는 다른 어느곳처럼 겨울여행은 피하는 것이 좋을 것 같습니다 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
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.
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