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Nijo Castle

Address: 541 Nijojo-cho, Horikawa-nishiiru, Kyoto 604-8301, Kyoto Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 75-841-0096
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Ranked #10 of 514 things to do in Kyoto
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Castles, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: This world heritage site was the home of Tokugawa leyasu, one of the...
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Type: Castles, Sights & Landmarks
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Sun - Sat 8:45 am - 4:00 pm
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.
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Kyoto, Japan
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

Visitors in Kyoto buy all day ticket with 500 yen and one should get off across the castle. The castle is very large with nice garden. Spring time, around April is especially beutiful to walk around the garden. Any way it is better to take a pair of thick socks because you have to take shoes off to walk inside... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

stunning. that's about it. absolutely stunning location with wonderful history. it is too bad that pictures can't be taken inside (obvious reasons), both interior and gardens are beautiful.

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Suwon, South Korea
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

castle is surrounded by channel, and only two entrances. east entrance was blocked by renovation, only north gate was opened. beautiful old buildings and gardens. unique japanese garden with small lake and island is fantastic. excellent place to walk and feel calm japanese traditional atmosphere.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW

Absolutely beautiful visit. Grounds were interesting and lovely to view and photograph. Castle tour was very informative.

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Mililani, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

This was a great experience. Everything was organized so that it was easy to find our way around. They had secure places to hold our shoes and umbrellas. We did not get an audio guide, but I wish we would have. It would have been more helpful to understand all of the castle, but we still enjoyed our time there.

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Melton Mowbray, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

We visited on a very wet day - but the castle is well organised and we could leave our wet umbrellas and boots in a safe place and walk around in slippers. The nightingale floor was much more than I had imagined and the rooms and wall decorations were lovely to see. We managed to peek through a window to... More 

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Kelowna, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Went for wonderful walks to-gether through the interior of the castle where the Shogun lived and held power- walked throughout and saw chambers where daimio ( regional loads - came to meet Shogun who wielded real power - not the emperor . 1600s stuff lots of beautiful wall hangings... lovely walkways outside to visit pools and modest climbs to lookouts... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

There is an interesting castle, museums - everything full of history and real character. Those who are into it, would definitely appreciate. My personal discovery though was about the gardens and the place landscape there. This is the place where I really got the concept of a Japanese garden - when every angle gives a new view, and when meditative... More 

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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015 via mobile

I visited Nijo Castle after a visit to the Kyoto Imperial Palace and walk through of the Gardens. I walked the 30 minutes between the two stopping at MacD's for a coffee enroute. The Nijo Castle was 600Y to get for an adult and 500Y for an audio guide - I choose English language and the commentator had a clear... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

I highly recommend anyone going to Kyoto to visit Nijo-jo! The interior and exhibits are impressive and also interesting. Very well maintained. It feels kinda cool to really get to walk around in the castle to learn more. It is very unlike other castles I visited in Japan, which are commonly a few stories high, and designed to be more... More 

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