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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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Extremely interesting castle. I recommend purchasing the audio guide which gives a lot of additional and interesting information making the visit memorable.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 30, 2015
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Karmi'el, HaZafon, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

Extremely interesting castle. I recommend purchasing the audio guide which gives a lot of additional and interesting information making the visit memorable.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

A very well preserved inrerior. Worth having a guide to explain how the building was used. You need to take your shoes off, by the way. The gardens are really lovely and well worth a visit. Beautifully kept

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

Tough one liked it but didn't love it. Very interesting to walk through castle with all different levels in a way also a museum. Lovely grounds with lots of people. If in Kyoto worth seeing, but I wouldn't put it in the MUST SEE category!!!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Well its very nice but it is competing with so many stunning places in Kyoto. Nice gardens, especially in Spring, but the Shogun's palace is somewhat bland being some 30 pretty similar rooms.

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Fremont, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

I really enjoyed this castle, its very beautful and the grounds are a delight. There a excellet views from the walls, and the cherry blossoms are wonderful.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

The was the top man himself's place in Kyoto when he was visiting the figurehead emperor He needed protection, intimidation and elegance and this place has it all him living quarters, guest receiving area, tea house, gardens, ponds, special rocks, bonsai.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

These are just the facades inside the Nijo Castle. The highlights are actually inside the Shogun's castle where you will be astonished with the reproduced murals (the original murals are being restored in the Nijo Gallery), with the paintings, gold relics, and the mannequins of the Shogun himself, the Vice Ministers, Page Boy, Feudal Lords and the historical rooms. Unfortunately,... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015 via mobile

For starters, I've rated it as only average because there is quite a lot of restoration work being done in the central palace area, so not as much to see. Almost all the painted panels are now in a museum, leaving replicas. There are some areas with costumed figures to give a sense of how various rooms were used, but... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

visit if you are interested about shogun life. interesting facts about shogun life. beautiful gardens too

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Our first full day in Kyoto came after 2 days of intense traveling, and this is the place we decided to visit! Which was a great choice, it is very relaxing and beautiful castle, it was surprisingly quiet, the gardens are breath taking, as were the surrounding views and architecture. It is a definite must for those who love relaxing... More 

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