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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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8:45 am - 4:00 pm
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This world heritage site was the home of Tokugawa leyasu, one of the...

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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Nino Castle and the grounds around the castle is a must see when visiting Kyoto. The squeaky floors are what legends are made of which tradition would explain the floors squeak to... read more

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

Nino Castle and the grounds around the castle is a must see when visiting Kyoto. The squeaky floors are what legends are made of which tradition would explain the floors squeak to warn of intruders in the castle. The park land and gardens are well maintained and a visit to the castle is a must. Please note castle last entry... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

Take JR Saga Arayshiyama Station and follow the people where they will go - walk slowly and enjoy the Big Garden.

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Hoorn, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Wat a beautifull castle and gardens! Loved it. It was nice to see the inside of this castle. The gardens was so beautiful.. I could spend hours walking here..

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The castle is just opposite the train station. To buy the entrance ticket outside the castle. There's quite a lot of walking and stairs climbing within the castle. The floor is full of small pebbles, so please wear a comfortable shoes with thick sole. I wore boots with thin sole, it became a pain to walk. There's a café (facing... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Right in the middle of Kyoto, easy access by public transportation. A lot of Japanese history can bee seen there and a spectacular Japanese garden.

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This tour took about 90 minutes using the headset to guide our tour. We were able to walk through the grounds and through the palace. Most of the art panels were reproductions because the originals are stored in another location. The audio guide did a good job explaining the layout of the castle. We walked through gardens and climbed to... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Expected more given the many stories of the shogun. Apart from the main castle, there were minimal display and materials of the rich shogun history. Halls and meeting rooms with paintings were all we could see. Nothing exciting or memorable. Just an old building in the city.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Visiting a Japanese castle has no similar in the world. We arrived via taxi to maximize our experiences in Kyoto. Magic started. We walk through historical wooden doors, ramps, great walls and over deep trenches made by tne Edo period when the sword and honor were a life style. The castle is impressive. A nice museum displaying objects and art... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This castle was built in the early1600's as a Shogun residence and has had more buildings added at later dates. It is square type castle within an outer square of fortification. The decoration within the castle is lavish- lots of gold leaf, grand wall paintings and some very intricate ceiling carvings. The models of the shoguns in the rooms help... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We visited this venue as part of our organised tour of Japan. This is not a castle in the style usually associated with medieval Japan but is more a series of single storey interlinked buildings apparently designed as a Shogun's palace rather than a fortification. The building interiors are largely audience chambers which are empty and the wall painting decorations... More 

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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.