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Nijo Castle

Closed Now: 8:45 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
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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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541 Nijojocho, Nijodori Horikawa-nishiiru, Nakagyo, Kyoto 604-8301, Kyoto Prefecture
City Centre
+81 75-841-0096
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Reviewed today

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

Thank Warren C
Reviewed today via mobile

This was far better than I expected. It’s both educational and an amazingly well preserved castle. Well worth a visit and I would recommend the recorded tour.

Thank edwina83
Reviewed yesterday

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

Thank Braddell_Hill
Reviewed 3 days ago

Visiting Nijo castle was interesting - lots of historical facts and construction details that you're able to view when touring the castle.

Thank NorthStar08298693607
Reviewed 4 days ago

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

Thank 3heather
Reviewed 5 days ago

amazing castle, great place to spend a half day wandering around. look for the secret little bird in the gold work around the front gate.

Thank Leanne_E_12_12
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

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

Thank Dhiraj H
Reviewed 1 week ago

I just happened on this castle while lost after getting off at wrong station. What a nice surprise. I didn't spent much time but will when I return to Kyoto

Thank Warner L
Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Thank mvidro
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Nijo Castle is a fascinating example of historic architecture and gives an insight into the shogun history of Japan. It is easy to get to by bus or metro.

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City Center
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
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September 21, 2018|
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Response from Adrian W | Reviewed this property |
I would definitely check in advance as I didn’t see elevators and as others have said there are some steps steps when entering interiors.
July 7, 2018|
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Response from nadlaz17 | Reviewed this property |
From memory is was fairly flat. I think there was one attraction with steps but not a lot. Sorry if I’m wrong but I think you’ll be okay
October 14, 2017|
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Response from Ric G | Reviewed this property |
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