We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Nijo Castle

541 Nijojo-cho, Horikawa-nishiiru, Kyoto 604-8301, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-841-0096
Book In Advance
More Info
and up
Kyoto Morning Tour of Kinkakuji Temple, Nijo Castle and Kyoto Imperial Palace...
More Info
and up
Kyoto Day Tour of Golden Pavilion, Nijo Castle and Sanjusangendo from Osaka
More Info
and up
Private Highlights of Kyoto Tour
Sponsored by:
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
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 to warn of anyone approaching.
  • Excellent48%
  • Very good39%
  • Average11%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“audio guide” (114 reviews)
Closed Now
All hours
Hours Today: 08:45 - 16:00
541 Nijojo-cho, Horikawa-nishiiru, Kyoto 604-8301, Kyoto Prefecture
City Center
+81 75-841-0096
Write a Review
Reviews (4,939)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More languages

1 - 10 of 2,739 reviews

Reviewed yesterday

A wonderful example of the architecture of the castles of Japan. The layout was easy and comfortable to get around with plenty of information provided. I enjoyed the mannequin examples showing how life must have been. The gardens were magnificent and you could get a...More

Thank dparry25
Reviewed 2 days ago

If you like Architecture, history, japanese gardens, samurays and ninjas, then this is your place! It is the first site we visited in Kyoto and it has been a wonderful experience for us and the kids alike!

Thank Naima B
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The castle is very nice and quite big together with the gardens. It's a good place to get and audio guide (+500¥) and spend two or three hours getting into the Japanese culture and historical pilitics

Thank Javier G
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Don't expect a European style castle when visiting. This is traditional Japanese architecture although more ornate than the Imperial palace. The surrounding gardens are beautifully manicured and it's a pleasure to stroll amongst the trees and plants.

Thank DT8888
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The is a must see place. I've been here many times. It's beautiful in all seasons. A few things to note: 1.You have to remove shoes to enter the dwelling. 2.get an audio tour-you learn more. 3. Look for English major college students from Kyoto...More

1  Thank Bacinac
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Well worth a visit, especially if you're tired of temples. 600yen for adults was well worth it. Even without lingering, we spent 1.5h wandering through the state rooms and castle grounds. The route is well signposted and there're things of interest virtually the whole way...More

Thank HKDuncs
Reviewed 6 days ago

We were really excited to visit a real Japanese castle. However, we were able to only see an outer building. Even most of the painting there were replicas while the real ones were in a different museum or undergoing restoration. It was really hot in...More

Thank mechanic111
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited this place as a part of a guided tour and I must say it was totally amazing. It was finished 1632, built in wood (except the surrounding walls) and to be able to walk on the still working nightingale floors was an experience that...More

Thank Jesper O
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place was fascinating and the story of the nightingale floors (make a chirping sound) was interesting. So much history here Ali g with beautiful gardens - must place to visit in Kyoto, Japan!

Thank E C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went on a day when the castle itself was unfortunately closed but we did get to walk around gardens. The gardens are very beautiful but I was very disappointed to not get to go inside. The ticket cost the same amount as if we...More

Thank arinarnolddavis
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
Sponsored by:
Nearby Restaurants
Menya Shichifukujin, Horikawaoike
82 reviews
.25 km away
C'est Sympa
11 reviews
.22 km away
Shinsen-En Heihachi
12 reviews
.29 km away
Clamp Coffee Sarasa
7 reviews
.44 km away
Nearby Attractions
Kyoto International Manga Museum
432 reviews
.86 km away
72 reviews
.27 km away
Mikane Shrine
53 reviews
.45 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
John G
15 February 2016|
AnswerShow all 5 answers
Response from nstravels4 | Reviewed this property |
I expect you wouldn't have any problems. The castle area is only a single level - you are given slippers to walk around inside and then you can walk around the surrounding gardens at your leisure. I only remember one (very... More
22 November 2015|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from Arunkhanna2802 | Reviewed this property |
you can take the Tozai Line subway from Karasumaoike station and walk it to the castle from the subway station or a Cab (which can be a bit expensive though) but quicker.