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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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For the nature lover who appreciates the beauty of a classical Japanese garden

Nijo castle has the most magical gardens I have seen in Kyoto. A whole field of cherry trees overflowing with white and pink cherry blossoms, stone cut bridges over gurgling... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Nijo castle has the most magical gardens I have seen in Kyoto. A whole field of cherry trees overflowing with white and pink cherry blossoms, stone cut bridges over gurgling brooks, fiery red maple trees, deep moats filled with fish, manicured lawns and so many varieties of trees and plants, I lost count! I gave the castle, with its nightingale... More 

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Bath, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

You should visit here as it gives you the opportunity to walk round the castle with it's noisy Nightingale floor - it is certainly worth seeing.

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Dallas, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

I agree with several other reviewers that this attraction was kind of a let down. Yes, it's a really old palace and the nightingale floor is cool, but other than that, it's an empty building with very little else going on... It seems like they could do so much more here to make it interesting and engaging. The grounds are... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

Rich and luxury place, but not many restaurants or shops around.

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

This is really worth a visit. The castle and grounds are very interesting. Make sure that you go inside and take an audio pack with you to get the most out of the attraction,

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 NEW via mobile

Visiting this castle is an opportunity to travel back in time to when the Shogun ruled, and to see how the lived. You can almost feel like you are there when you walk on the "nightingale" floor, which chirps to alert the guards that someone is intruding. The walk through the castle was informative, and the money from the tours... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 NEW

Compared to the other temples and historical sites we saw around Kyoto, the Nijo "Castle" was a little disappointing. First, the "castle" isn't a castle at all, it is just a couple single story palaces. The only thing that might give it the right to be called a castle is the fact that there is a moat around the palaces.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 NEW

I thought this was a good place to visit alongside the many temples typical of Kyoto. We had a guide take us through and explain the various rooms. The squeaky floor boards were great. The gardens are nice to wander through. One of the many should see sights in Kyoto - time is always the challenge when choosing what to... More 

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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

We visited Nijo castle today, and I'm not sure what happened but somehow we did not see the actual castle :/ we got the English audio guide and entered the part of the palace, which was interesting if you had the guide. I think if you didn't have it, it would have been rather boring. After the palace part you... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

Nice area for a stroll, although the castle itself wasn't the highlight of the walk for me, it was the beautiful gardens. You cannot actually enter the castle, except certain times of year, on special occasions. You have to pay a small entrance fee (can't quite remember maybe 200 yen) to get into the area where you can explore. There... More 

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