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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 #9 of 339 attractions in Kyoto
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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW via mobile

Went to visit on a Wednesday morning. Crowded with students but still able to see all the chambers in the castle. Great landscape. Easy access from subway station. Vendor machines are available next to the entrance with English options.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

This place is worth a visit especially during cherry blossom season. There is a path leading to the Sakura Garden, very picturesque. Visitors need to take off their shoes when entering the Nightingale hall. You will noticed something "wrong" with a wall painting of a leopard and tiger (clue: size). This is because Japanese has never seen a Tiger then,... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

Take a night tour (after 6pm) when parts of the castle and gardens are lit to highlight blooming cherry blossom trees and a magical zen garden, with lanterns lighting the way. May only be open at night during cherry blossom season however.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

the palace circuit was good and you get a good sense of the receiving and living quarters. the grounds were well maintained and the fortification was impressive to see

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

In Nijo-jo, you can walk on the nightingale floor, which was designed to squeak when walked on - so that no ninja could assassinate the Shogun. Home to Tokugawa Ieyasu in Kyoto. Sadly, photographs are not allowed inside the buildings, despite the fact that the wall decorations are replicas. Photos are allowed outside however, and the gardens are very good.... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

OK, there's a moat, but the "castle" is more of a large series of meeting halls. Interesting murals/paintings, but not a top 10 site, in my opinion

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

Really enjoyed walking around this castle, it was left to be authentic and how it would have looked when it was in use. I prefer seeing attractions as they are/as they were. Walking around you can see all the different rooms used by the Shoguns and visiting Lords, would have been good to have more information on plaques. Large open... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014 NEW via mobile

A good way to start the day in Kyoto, castle opens at 8.45am, so , no crowds. Worth getting the audio guide, although a fair amount of English signs and pieces of information about. Inside of the castle is fascinating and the gardens, walls and moat are very impressive.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014 NEW

We came in the evening and spent about an hour here. The Cherry Blossoms were all lighted up and we took very nice pictures. Otherwise, unless you like to visit castles, then go in the day time when the castle is open.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014 NEW

This is a spectacular place with a number of signs in English and well as Japanese. Photos are allowed outside but not inside. Floors designed to squeek to let inhabitants know in outsiders come in (people who lived there developed certain pattern of walking. Shoes not allowed inside castle. Grounds also spectacular. Definitely worth 2-3 hours.

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