We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Nijo Castle

Travelers' Choice award winner
Neighborhood:
City Center
Improve this listing
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: 541 Nijojo-cho, Horikawa-nishiiru, Kyoto 604-8301, Kyoto Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 75-841-0096
Website
Improve this listing
Today
8:45 am - 4:00 pm
Closed now
See all hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 8:45 am - 4:00 pm
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.
read more
Book ahead on Viator
Top Rated
More Info
$111*
and up
Kyoto Full-Day Sightseeing Tour including Nijo...
Why book on Viator?
  • Tour highlights & full itinerary
  • Easy online booking
  • Lowest price guaranteed
More Information ›

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 2,312 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 1080
    Excellent
  • 956
    Very good
  • 238
    Average
  • 34
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Squeaky Floors Gives The Ninjas Away

While a good part of this place appeared to be under renovation, and much of the enjoyment required an explanation in English by our Japanese tour guide, I still found it a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
Khyron82
,
Seattle, Washington

Similar Things to Do in Kyoto

Add Photo Write a Review

2,312 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Rate and write a review
Roll over, then click to rate
  Click to rate
Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Hebrew first
  • Indonesian first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Korean first
  • Norwegian first
  • Polish first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Thai first
  • Any
English first
Seattle, Washington
Level Contributor
51 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

While a good part of this place appeared to be under renovation, and much of the enjoyment required an explanation in English by our Japanese tour guide, I still found it a worthwhile stop on our Tour's whirlwind historical itinerary of Kyoto. I did like our guide pointing out all the details and backstories behind the many painting reproductions in... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Honolulu, Hawaii
Level Contributor
61 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Very interesting and different from temples and shrines. Easy to get to, right in town, on bus route. It's pronounced differently from how it's spelled, like a lot of English translations.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Level Contributor
49 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

This Palace is as amazing as many of the other places around Kyoto. The difference is that you are able to fully explore the inner components of the historical sites. You do pay a fee to enter; however, it is well worth the cost. You don't have to do the entire grounds. They are a nice walk; however, nothing you... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Penarth, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
114 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

A castle that belonged to powerful Shoguns before being returned to the imperial family in Japan. It has been designated as a UNESCO world heritage site. Viewing all the different rooms in this castle you really do get the impression of what it was like to be around in the era of the early Shoguns with their strict rules about... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Level Contributor
11 reviews
11 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

The castle is more two large wooden buildings, one you can enter and contains many large empty rooms all looking the same. There are traditional murals on the wall and English translations of what the rooms were used for, or an audio translation available. There were many coach parties in August, it was difficult to walk round quickly, and last... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Level Contributor
94 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

The building is nothing much for me. It's just a like other castle. The garden is ok but I went on Summer so it's kinda hot and the hot weather made me tired. You can walk through the garden and up the stairs to see the view. The view I must say is very beautiful. If I went there in... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Level Contributor
10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

In general, confusing to navigate. The castle itself (Honmaru, i think) is unimpressive from the outside (we did not go in because it was closed). The ninomaru was just ok. I believe the original paintings in ninomaru were in a separate anniversary gallery, but I'm not sure. The karamon gate is pretty cool though.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Level Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

We visited this castle during our Kyoto leg of our visit to Japan. It is very easy to get to as it is located next to a metro station, literally across the street. The castle and grounds surprised us somewhat as we expected them to be slightly larger given the size of the fortifications but the buildings themselves did not... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Seattle, Washington
Level Contributor
12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Worth to see. It is impressive such an old castle is still well maintained. not recommended to see the garden in Summer, but definitely see the castle. If you take a bus (unfortunately I forgot the number), you can hit this castle on the way to kinkaku -ji.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Geldrop
Level Contributor
31 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Definetly worth the visit! Its so nice to see how they lived. And to walk on the nightingale floors trying not to make a sound. The gardens are also very beautifull. Especially in spring.

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Nijo Castle also viewed

Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
 
Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
 

Been to Nijo Castle? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Nijo Castle and other visitors
3 questions
Ask a question
Questions? Get answers from Nijo Castle staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?

Staying in City Center

Neighborhood Profile
City Center
No district of Kyoto is quite as representative of its blended nature as the City Center. By day, the covered shopping arcades along Kawaramachi and Shijo Street bring deal hunters and fashionistas out in droves to peruse the clothing, accessories, gifts, and home goods offerings. When it grows dark, the City Center is a hip spot for nightlife, alive with bars and clubs. A trendy culinary scene and an abundance of local watering holes give the Center its youthful vibrancy. In contrast, the quieter areas of the City Center seem a world away, shielded from noise by the foliage of the public gardens and zen spaces surrounding the area's shrines, castles, and the Imperial Palace. These ancient and sacred spots are seamlessly folded into the scenery, providing a respite from the energy of the city, but close enough to put you directly back onto the pulse of the city when you're ready.