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Nijo Castle

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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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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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Among many Temple in Kyoto, you can also find few Castle. this place is one of Best. Very beautiful and recomended to visited.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Among many Temple in Kyoto, you can also find few Castle. this place is one of Best. Very beautiful and recomended to visited.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Too bad the Nijo Castle was getting renovated when we visited. Would've loved to see the gardens in full bloom during the spring or summer. But overall, it was a great experience.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Not a lot of historic informations (they were no audio-guides left for us), but the place is huge, magnificent, inspiring.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The ground and buildings are well kept and there are plenty of signs to provide tidbits background of information. As with all many historical sights in Japan, it can be a bit crowded, but it's still worth seeing. There are some spots in the gardens away from the crowds where you can try to contemplate and drink in a little... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The castle was on the way to Kinkaku-ji Temple. It was a great place to visit for history and architecture lovers. The autumn colors were a definite plus during my visit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Kyoto offer so much that if you only have a few days to spend, don't waste it on this site, unless you are visiting from late February to late April or September to November: The gardens must be spectacular at this time with the cherry blossoms of many varieties, the plum trees and other floral trees and the Autumn coulours...... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The architecture of this site is extremely impressive, with beautiful gardens and a fascinating history. The english audio guide was very good, and at 500 yen it seemed like a good value way to get the most out of the visit. It explains the purpose of each room in the building clearly, enabling you to imagine what the building might... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

One of the coolest place for walking in Japan, I suppose. The castle by itself really interesting place to touch some of reach Japan's history. Also the pathway has been made for visitors to overview everything inside. Also the park outside really cool and calm place. I enjoyed much.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Another icon of Kyoto and well worth a visit. The architecture is fascinating and the grounds and gardens are beautiful

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited the castle late ok the afternoon and nearly had it to our selfs. The wall painting are impressive although they are mostly reproductions. The real things are in a separate building with another entrance fee

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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.