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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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Lovely murals on the sliding panels by the Kano clan

The Kano clan was having a special exhibit at the art museum, so this tied in nicely, showing the evolution of their art forms.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 26, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

The Kano clan was having a special exhibit at the art museum, so this tied in nicely, showing the evolution of their art forms.

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Mountain View, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

This was one of very few museum-style stops we made, and it was great for us to rent the audio guides and get to see the style of the old Japanese rulers and palaces, and understand the symbolism of the paintings as well. There were several gorgeous paintings, though many were restorations or had been removed to museums, and it... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

This place is filled with lots of secrets and stories. Get a guide if you can - they make the whole things much more interesting. From the floors to the special rooms and paintings there is a lot this castle offers. And it is a nice change from all the temples.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

We went here with the extended family, the walk through the castle is nice, especially if you treasure great craftmanship as the wood work is fantastic. However it is not very grand. Please note that shoes most be taken off, don't bring your most expensive shoes as they are to be left in the lobby. We had actually the best... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

Throughout the Nijo Castle there are signs stating the original doors/paintings are preserved in the 400th Anniversary Gallery. So we decided we would go... except it was closed for changing of the collection. Too bad. We went on a very rainy day, but still went through the very beautiful gardens. Allow an hour and a half to two hours to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

Not enough time to take all that this castle had to offer. Being one of the highlights of Kyoto it was full of tourists. The reproduction wall paintings were worth seeing, the original timber structure, all built with no nails, clever carpenter's. The floor being one element, with vertical movement of the timbers producing the sound of birds (nightingales). The... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

I love the castle, the gardens and the history behind it..Basically one of the things which interest me was the murals and painting in one the buildings in the castle. The carvings which is amazing where you can one side another image and see the opposite side another image. I was surprised and keep turning back and forth to see... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

This was a castle of a general four hundred years ago. It has a beautiful cherry tree garden. The house was surrounded by a corrider that creaks when someone walks on it, so no one can approach without being found.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

I really enjoyed walking through the historical temple/building/garden. Makes it alot more interesting with a guide explaining the history.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

This Castle is nothing like what you would see in Europe. But remember its very popular so allow time as there are a lot of people going there.

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