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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 #12 of 373 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

Large, well restored and very impressive castle. The interior of the building is mostly empty rooms with tatami mats and wall paintings but the best areas are the gardens, outdoor areas and gates / buildings for taking pictures. Very attractive and large, takes at least an hour or two to walk around.

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Sittingbourne, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

This castle was built in the middle ages, and is huge! You follow the route that visitors to the court would have followed as you wander through the rooms, listening to the intentionally squeaking floor, and looking at the most beautiful pictures. Outside, the garden is lovely. Use the subway rather than JR station.

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Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

I give this 5 stars as I would not have want to miss this one. You can imagine the Shogun having lived there. Great castle, not in a European sense, but rather made of wood and only on one level. Also the fortification walls, the moats are very impressive. A wonderful 90 minute stroll in beautiful surroundings - in the... More

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Queenstown
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

The buildings and gardens of Nijo Jo are exquisite. The main castle is wonderful and it's "nightingale" floors amazing. The gardens are some of the best in Japan and the layout gives a feeling of peace and serenity even though there are the usual crowds. The hidden places, the way the miniature landscape changes as you view from different angles,... More

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Creve Coeur, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Reflects quite a bit about the shogun times of Japan. Well kept, nice garden. I went with a guide, notice there are audio info. for rent.

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Melbourne
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Beautiful palace beautifully preserved. The garden is fantastic you must wander around it. We donated to help preserve the place it's beautiful.

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Sofia, Bulgaria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

I encourage people who want to learn about the traditions of Japan not only in construction and landscaping, but to know the caste hierarchy of society.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

This castle is quite big and the designs are gorgeous. The paintings on the inside (copies of the originals) are beautiful as well. It's quite an interesting glimpse into Japanese history. Definitely recommended to see in Kyoto.

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Boston
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW via mobile

I read Shogun in high school and have found feudal Japan fascinating ever since. So seeing this place was really neat. You really got a sense for how the shoguns lived. It was pretty cheap -- 500 JPY -- and not too crowded. (I went on a Sunday). The gardens were quite lovely as well. Only downside was that one... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

In contrast to the nearby imperial palace this castle is lavicious. The floors squeak to warn of intruders, supposedly sounding as a nightingale. You get to see quite a few of the rooms. The painted panels look superb though are mostly copies, however the real ones can be seen in an annex for the cost of 1 euro! Gardens are... More

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