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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 #11 of 368 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

This castle includes Ninomaru palace, a garden, and an art gallery. The palace was exactly what I was hoping I would be able to see in Kyoto - a look at the culture of past Japan with all the formal rooms and traditional paintings. I was so glad we were able to tour the inside.

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Nijo Castle is absolutely stunning. If you go, there is a little kiosk right past the main entrance. They have audio tour rentals in several different languages, and I highly suggest getting it. This was my second time to visit the castle, and the first time I didn't have the audio tour. I learned so much more this time around.... More

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oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

We really enjoyed the history that is fascinating but would have missed a lot without a guide. It is a beautiful place but most of all contains many stories that would be totally missed without a guide

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

What i like about this place is that it brought me back to the past. It has historical interior, beautiful yard and ponds.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

The gates are exquisite and the palace has some really nice original art. It was cool to notice the squeaking floorboards that were used to prevent assassins.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

This is more impressive than the Imperial palace. A must see in Kyoto. This is where the money was spent by the shogun to outdo the emperor. A must see. Beautiful.

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

the squeaky floors, some interesting panels, but really not the most significant thing you will see....

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Like Dr Who's Tardis - when you get inside it's huge. The palace was interesting (although the original murals which are the drawcard here were taken down for restoration) copies were in place - listen for the 'Nightingale floor' an amazing addition. unfortunately no photos were allowed inside. Some models were placed to give you an idea of a rooms... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

If I could, I'd buy this palace and live there. This World Heritage Site is lovely. We visited in July 2014 (the rainy season) and got to the grounds just before 4:00 (it closes at 5, they stop letting people in a 4). Like lots of UNESCO sites, you take your shoes off before entering the castle and there's no... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Very interesting tour of a working castle where the Shogun met visitors, creaky floors designed to makes sounds to warn of attackers were just one of the defensive aspects of the building. Good way to understand the interaction of the shogunate and the Imperial court. Historically very important, and the tour makes the point.

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