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Address: 541 Nijojo-cho, Horikawa-nishiiru, Kyoto 604-8301, Kyoto Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 75-841-0096
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Description: This world heritage site was the home of Tokugawa leyasu, one of the most...
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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This castle is right in the centre of Kyoto and allows you to walk inside a dated building complex to see the rooms used to be occupied by the shogun and his visitors. The rooms... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

This castle is right in the centre of Kyoto and allows you to walk inside a dated building complex to see the rooms used to be occupied by the shogun and his visitors. The rooms were kind of bare but they have some screen paintings shown there (many were reproductions). The garden was well manicured but the pity is that... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Kyoto has 1300 years of history. Knowing about background of Japanese culture by centuries, I always take foreign visitors to the following places. 1) Toji Temple : Founded late 7C (Heian Period) one of oldest sect of Japanese Buddhism 2) Imperial palace : Emperor lived until Meiji Era ( = Capital move to Tokyo) Even Shogun govern Japan for 700... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

We used to read this Japanese comic about Samurai and the General, and it is overwhelming to see it really exists!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Well worth a visit more like a Country Mansion with gardens very interesting. Makes a delightful change of scenery.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

This is a great attraction that is not on the major tourist track. (There were plenty of people there but not the throngs you get at other more well known attractions.) The castle is beautiful and has many interesting displays throughout. There are many explanatory signs in English which made it much more enjoyable for my family. The path is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

It is one of the most underrated attractions in Kyoto. Though currently undergoing repair, the castle is impressive. The chirping sound that the floor makes as you walk on it and the centuries-old painted panels were both remarkable. It's not very grand compared to other castles in the world, but it was nonetheless impressive. Outside, there's a manicured garden that... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

This castle is a beautiful example of early Edo period building designs. This site certainly deserves it's World Heritage Site designation and is worthy of a visit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

Nijo Castle's Nimomaru Palace is a National Treasure, built in 1603, the residence of the Kyoto Tokugawa shoguns. It's famous for its "Nightingale" floorboards which "sing" when stepped on, thereby alerting the household of intruders. The beautifully executed wall murals in each of the several rooms are reproductions of the originals displayed in the Palace Art Gallery. These can be... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Great stories, but no photography allowed inside; the surrounding gardens and overall architecture is very nice, but we were there before the cherry blossoms bloomed, always a matter of luck, but we could tell that when in bloom, the cherry trees here would be magnificent.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

I Love this former shogunate palace.especially the precautions that where taken by one of the owners namely the Nightingale floors. Try as you might it is impossible to walk over these floors without betraying the fact that your are there. Nothing helps not walking slowly, not on tip toes.The floors whisphers and betrays your presense. Beautiful entrance gate in Chinesestyle,... More 

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Address: 541 Nijojo-cho, Horikawa-nishiiru, Kyoto 604-8301, Kyoto Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 75-841-0096
Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Kinki  >  Kyoto Prefecture  >  Kyoto>  > City Center
Open Hours:
Sunday 8:45 am - 4:00 pm
Monday 8:45 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday 8:45 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday 8:45 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday 8:45 am - 4:00 pm
Friday 8:45 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday 8:45 am - 4:00 pm

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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 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.