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Nijo Castle

541 Nijojo-cho, Horikawa-nishiiru, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 604-8301, Japan
+81 75-841-0096
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Ranked #11 of 368 attractions in Kyoto
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Castles
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

The structures teach a lot and make for really nice photos once you get back home. A well organized attraction. Rather nice gardens that are tended to on a consistent basis. Overall recommend to visit this over Kinkakuji.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

This castle and grounds is beautiful. Try to connect with a tour which will be very interesting / informative. The castle is simple and wooden and gorgeous-- it has special creaking floors (so no one could sneak up on people) and much more. The grounds are lovely. Kids, 8 and 10, had a good time. Easy bus ride (regular bus)... More

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

I just learned all about the Tokugawa Shogunate so this was amazing to see! The floors are really interesting because they make noises to alert of visitors. There are also beautiful murals that represent different things and having our guide explain what all of the different rooms were used for and why their murals were what they are was fascinating.... More

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Speers Point, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Nijo-jo wasn't on our original itinerary but my wife had heard so much about the 'Nightingale Floor' that we modified the itinerary - it was a good move! Pluses: Ingenious Nightingale Floor, very colourful Karamon Gate, expansive Seiryu-en Garden and the convenient location pretty much right in the middle of town. Negatives: Long wait for a bus out on Horikawa-dori?... More

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Tromso, Norway
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Just to help people understand what to expect when visiting, I think it would be more accurate to call this the Nijo Palace, since it was very clearly intended to be a shogunal residence, rather than a fortified castle (as the description in fact says). Nijojo is not the most ostentatious palace, perhaps reflecting the fact that it was a... More

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Lisbon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

It is definitely a beautiful place and grand. One can't but imagine what went on there years ago.the gardens are very very beautiful and taken care of.

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Beijing, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

We got a great time when visiting Kyoto, it was just one day and we got the opportunity to visit the Golden Pavilion, the Nijo Castle, Heian Shrine and few other spots. the Nijo Castle is a wonderful example of construction, and definitely the usage of wood sounds to alarm for invaders is something you should see for yourself. I... More

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Townsville, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

The whole castle and grounds were much larger and grander than we expected and therefore were pleasantly surprised. The stories about the arrow competitions at the end helped to give an even broader view about the castle's history. Grounds are wonderful, castle is superb, gardens are beautiful. As it is so large it doesn't feel crowded even though there are... More

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Tromso, Norway
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

When I came here I bought the audio guide, which was a good decision as there are no signs or anything explaining what you are looking at. The castle looks great from the outside, and it's interesting to see the inside. The audio guide was of pretty poor technical quality and some times it was hard to hear what they... More

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

Fantastic castle, larger than I expected. The garden is very beautiful with great water features. Didn't get a chance to go in but just the outside alone is worth going. I spent over four hours just the outside and wish I had the time to visit the art gallery. Well, next time.

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