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Nijo-jo Castle

541 Nijojo-cho, Horikawa-nishiiru, Kyoto 604-8301, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-841-0096
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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 to warn of anyone approaching.
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541 Nijojo-cho, Horikawa-nishiiru, Kyoto 604-8301, Kyoto Prefecture
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+81 75-841-0096
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Reviewed today via mobile

We visited the castle whilst staying in Kyoto. The buildings were magnificent and the gardens beautiful - this all despite the rain. Entrance was JPY500 each and the recommended time to walk through the site was 2 hours - although we got through in about...More

Thank Mark S
Reviewed today

Well organized tour in the main building. Exciting building with floor that sings when you walk on it. Beautiful decorations on the paperwalls. Dolls dressed sitting in some of the rooms to show how it looked like once. Don't forget to take a walk in...More

Thank madelainedebrif
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Arrived very early in the morning, there were less people. I suggest to get at least the audio guide, if you’re in a bigger group a regular guide will also do. Much bigger impact on the experience when you receive explanations. Inside the compound there...More

Thank GeorgeMocea
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Nijo Castle was the home of the Shogun. What we found most interesting is the security system built into the flooring of the outer ring. As you walk the floor makes a noise, called a nightingale song...very impressive!

Thank LisaDawn426
Reviewed 2 days ago

This place is 400 years old. We got there around 4 o'clock and rushed through it. I would have liked to take more time but I found it very interesting to imagine the lives of its previous owners. It's beautiful and we got some amazing...More

Thank LaTinoco
Reviewed 3 days ago

Seeing this castle is an amazing experience, but do have some sort of guide to explain the various rooms to fully understand it. The paintings are breathtaking, and it enhances your enjoyment to know why some rooms have tigers and others have tranquil scenes, and...More

Thank Snarth
Reviewed 3 days ago

The Nijo castle has magnificent entrance. It has very artistic and colorful get up. There are various chambers inside meant for meeting common people, court people, people of importance etc by the Shogun. The paintings of tigers were made by the artists those days based...More

Thank SudhanshuBangalore
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This is a must see castle. It is huge with a beautiful garden to explore after seeing the inside of the castle. Even though it was a rainy day, it didn’t dampen our enthusiasm for the abundant treasures to view.

Thank Constance M
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The history of this castle is Amazing! You learn so much with The tour through The castle, I love ancient history and this really ticked The boxes for me. The grounds are spectacular and the tea house is as quiet and tucked away from the...More

Thank Maddie C
Reviewed 5 days ago

We learned a lot about Japanese culture and history from our tour guide. Thoroughly enjoyed our experience.

Thank Shannon R
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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14 October 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
John G
15 February 2016|
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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|
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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.