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This world heritage site was the home of Tokugawa leyasu, one of the most powerful men in Japan. The castle was built as a residence and not for defense purposes. However, to protect the shogun from enemies, special creaky floorboards were installed...more
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You first walk through a series of corridors to view rooms that the shogun held court at with throngs of other visitors, with no place to pause or walk at your own pace. Then you go outside and can see some nice gardens but they're...More
This is a listed World Heritage Site. It was a great visit. Everything went accordingly to plan. There was a convenient car park right in front of the castle. It cost 1,000 yen for a 2 hrs visit. Good enough.
The weather was excellent at...More
Wonderful Ambience to walk through the last Shoguns residence and see the rooms and experience the history. Not allowed to take photos inside. The entrance Gates are beautifully and colourfly decorated. Wander the gardens. Very nice shopping tents outside.....lovely gifts. Good cafe and Souvenir Shop....More
Nijo- jo Castle is a world Heritage site located in Central Kyoto.We reached it by bus from the North side of the JR Kyoto Station ( around 20 minutes ). The entry to the castle is from the main road in very pleasant surroundings. The...More
The castle's most interesting aspects were its mortarless moat walls (which achieved Inca-like precision), the "nightingale" floors (purposely designed to squeak, thus warning the Shogun of potential assassins) and the wonderful (though now reproduction) paintings in the audience halls. Filled with symbolism, the most impressive...More
No district of Kyoto is quite as representative of its blended nature as the City Center. By day, the covered shopping arcades along Kawaramachi and Shijo Street bring deal hunters and fashionistas out in droves to peruse the clothing, accessories, gifts, and home goods offerings. When it grows dark, the City Center is a hip spot for nightlife, alive with bars and clubs. A trendy culinary scene and an abundance of
local watering holes give the Center its youthful vibrancy. In contrast, the quieter areas of the City Center seem a world away, shielded from noise by the foliage of the public gardens and zen spaces surrounding the area's shrines, castles, and the Imperial Palace. These ancient and sacred spots are seamlessly folded into the scenery, providing a respite from the energy of the city, but close enough to put you directly back onto the pulse of the city when you're ready.
Weekends may be more crowded, but I've been there a few times, even at the height of cherry blossom season in April the crowds were always manageable. You'll be visiting at the beginning of the rainy season and after Golden... More
Weekends may be more crowded, but I've been there a few times, even at the height of cherry blossom season in April the crowds were always manageable. You'll be visiting at the beginning of the rainy season and after Golden Week so, like with most of the city, it should actually be quite uncrowded.