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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 #13 of 383 Attractions in Kyoto
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Castles, Cultural
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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.
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Boston, Massachusetts
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

A good place to start your visit to Kyoto. Historically significant as the residence to the Tokugowa Shoguns when resident in Kyoto, the buildings and grounds are well preserved. Well worth investing a couple hours of your tour time.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

Joined Kyoto morning tour. Interesting "nightingale" flooring. It's best to join a tour because the guide will give detailed explanation on the imperial customs and the function of each rooms/hall.

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Porto Alegre, RS
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41 reviews 41 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

The castle was built in 1603 .Its surrounded by beautiful gardens from Edo period. Walking-talks gadgets available at the entrance

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Chino Hills, California
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70 reviews 70 reviews
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66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

There is no actual castle as this was the living quarters and administrative center for the Muromachi shogunate. There was no need for defensive structures in other castles, although the complex is lined by an impressive wall. The defense of the castle is purely through the reputation and power of the Ashikaga clan. Once they lost their strength and power,... More

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Werchter, Belgium
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34 reviews 34 reviews
15 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

Very nice place to go to. Quite and beautifull. 2 walls, try to visit in autumn and admire the beautifull colors of the trees. Amazing !

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

In a city that is full of world heritage sites like Kyoto, Nijo Castle stood out with its impressive gate, the interesting castle with full of history and a majestic garden. The gate has an impressive ornament that reflects the castle's statue. Unlike the Japanese painting usually are very precise, the ceiling and wall inside of the castle are painted... More

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Texas, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

Very cool place to visit, LOVED the floors in the castle! The grounds are gorgeous. Be prepared, though, no photos allowed inside the castle!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

The grounds of this shogun's abode were needless to say beautiful. However what sets this castle apart from the many other Kyoto tourist sites is the access to the reception rooms and living quarters of the chief samurai. The use of gold on the higher friezes (not the main eye level panels which were also beautiful, but in a more... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

Interesting and worth a visit. We went to visit this castle as part of a bike tour. The most interesting part was the art, most of which were reproductions.

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Dunfermline, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

We didn't plan to visit here as part of our trip but, upon wandering past, decided to pop-in and we were glad. Good opportunity to see Japanese castle if not seen elsewhere.

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