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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 #13 of 372 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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Helsinki, Finland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

The floor is squeaking funny and the inside of the castle is beautiful and gives your feet a bit of rest after a long day of walking in shoes. Outside is a beautiful garden with ponds, rocks and trees.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

The palace adjacent to the castle (ninomaru palace) is actually more interesting than the other castle (honmaru palace) as you can actually walk inside and take a look at all the chambers where shoguns received visitors. The chambers also have charming wall murals of landscapes and animals that are masterpieces in their own right. Gardens and landscape is also beautiful... More

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Ottawa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

You can't go to Kyoto and not see this place. It's definitely one of the most impressive landmarks in Kyoto. It exactly feels like what you see in those Samurai movies. Amazing wall paintings. We were there during cherry blossom season so we really enjoyed the gardens surrounding it too.

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Newcastle, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

This is another famous part of the Japanese history and I would definitely suggest you visit. You will not be disappointed at all.

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Nijo-jo is the first stop that I made in Kyoto. I have to say that I’m amazed with the architecture and the paintings inside the castle, but most of all you will not be able to ignore the famous nightingale floor which produce squeaky sound when you walk around the castle.. Please be aware that you are forbidden to bring... More

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Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

quite a long walk (in the heat) from the main station but afterwards I discovered it has its own metro stop. the castle is a revelation of shogun lifestyle. once you are in the main building you have to walk the entire length of the building whose walls are mainly reconstructed (repainted) - there was an exhibition on at the... More

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Istanbul, Turkey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

If you are interested in the stories of the Shoguns and their contributions to the history of Japan, you will spend a fruitful morning or afternoon here. The visit is designed to offer you a chance to explore these grounds in a peaceful tempo—just walk a bit, then close your eyes, feel the old atmosphere and continue walking. In addition,... More

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Taichung, Taiwan
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Got another world heritage site in pocket! The place is quite big and needs time to walk through. Trees and garden are well taken care!! An audio introduction does help understand more the castle, wish I had rent!!

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Columbus, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

As the previous Imperial palace, it's a historic landmark worthy of your time. It's a full hour plus, and lots of walking if you want to tour all of the buildings and grounds. Well maintained.

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Utsunomiya, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

This is for all lovers of the Shogun stories. The nightingale floor is unique for its prevention of Ninja attacks. This has quite a story so buy the guide

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