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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 #14 of 383 Attractions in Kyoto
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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 October 24, 2014 NEW via mobile

We arrived just after lunch and found it wasn't too crowded unlike other places we had been that morning. We enjoyed our walk through the castle and surrounding grounds. A must see if you visit Kyoto

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014 NEW

The chorus of everyone walking around the ninja proof boards was well worth it. Really enjoyed the audio guide. Probably needs a bit more to try bring history to life, but still a very special place indeed.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014 NEW

Ten years ago I visited Nijo-jo in winter, and this time in autumn. Each time the garden is beautiful in a different way - with different plants and flowers in bloom. The walk through Ninomaru palace is interesting. Unfortunately I came late in the day this time, and was unable to also visit the museum which has been added since... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

Nijo Castle is easily accessible via subway or bus. If you are into history and culture, this is a place not to be missed. Arrived there about an hour before closing. The area is huge and with a nice garden to walk, relax and reflect. Would be nice if they have more English information.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

The typhoon had blown away most of the tourists and we almost had the castle to ourselves. The number of visitors must have grown enormously since my last visit and now there is carpet and matting e erywhere and you can't hear the nightingale floor squeaking as it used too as the sound is muffled by the mats. A walk... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

I was disappointed in this. A rather plain structure ( apart from the entry gate) with large formal gardens, not a hair out of place. The inner room with the shogun replica was good for atmosphere but many of the wall pictures had been taken to museums and replaced with copies. My tip? If you're looking for really atmospheric Japanese... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

Nijo Castle is busy. When we were there, there were lots of school children visiting. However, this didn't distract from our visit. The gateway is spectacular, especially the gold work. The zigzag path to the castle to repel attackers is interesting. The staff organised you so that shoes were left in a numbered area rather than a free for all.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

We arrived as Nijo Castle was opening for the day & beat the crowds. We spent about half an hour walking slowly round inside the castle, listening to the amazing nightingale floor & seeing the beautiful art. Then another half hour exploring the garden. Well worth the visit & conveniently located close to the city centre & subway stops.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

We went on a guided tour to visit Nijo jo. The castle was interesting, but the visitors were A LOT, so we had to move through the castle quite quickly. It would have been nicer if it hadn't been so rushed.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

No trip to Kyoto is complete without a visit to Nijo Castle - or Nijojo. The entrance gates are impressive and the castle itself is famous for its squeaking "nightingale" floor, which was supposed to warn the occupants of intruders during the night. We hired the audio guide for about Yen 500 per person, but they've changed the numbering system,... More

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