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“An important contrast” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Nijo Castle

Nijo Castle
541 Nijojo-cho, Horikawa-nishiiru, Kyoto 604-8301, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-841-0096
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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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“An important contrast”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2013

Nijo Castle is the home of Shoguns. It is not a temple and thus provides an interesting contrast to the other fantastic centers to see in Kyoto. The moats, the rock walls and promontories all spoke to a different ethos. The self guided tour of the castle interior was okay not great; a bit shallow and repeititve but still better than nothing. The painted screens of the castle rooms were exemplary tho there's no chance of seeing them WELL due to lighting limits. You'll have to walk the wooden floors in socks, so bring slippers if it's cold.
Outside, the gardens are splendid - though not as great as some others (Silver pavilion, Tenryu-ji, etc)
Gift shop - kitschy but still some good finds there. We were impressed by a paper fan with the image of a pair of falcons derived from one of the golden screens in the castle. A good find.
A special advantage of Nijo Castle is its extreme closeness to one of the metro stops, which is a delight to anyone who's spent their feet walking too much in glorious Kyoto.

Visited April 2013
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“A world Heritage Site!!! Wonderful place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2013

Nijo Castle, one of the 14 World Heritage Sites in Kyoto.
This is a great castle ruin to visit if you want to see one of the few extant castle palaces left in Japan. There is a little bit of restoration work going on. The Karamon and parts of the walls surrounding the Ninomaru Palace are under wraps until 30th September 2013. The Ninomaru Palace remains unaffected and is business as usual. Also, there is a drive by the castle staff asking for donations to raise funds for preservation and restoration work.
I visited the place during 6-30pm and the place is awesome during the dusk. It is a fantastic location to take photographs.

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Vijay

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“ANCIENT TREASURES TO BEHOLD”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2013

In our times of virtual web wonders it amazes to discover the history of Nijo Castle.

Privileged to explore these wondrous Castle Grounds with a Japanese friend, I was touched by the absolute tranquility of the present time. Wondering what secrets beheld the past...

There were times when, it is safe to assume, positions of Shogun power and Imperialism were coveted by many leaders, the Nijo Castle, with its acclaimed creaking or, if you prefer, singing floors boards was the first housing complex with its own security system.

Even in these times of conquest the Japanese culture had innovative way to defend theirs and their families safety. Gentleness above all.

Impressed by the actual sound, it was thrilling to be able to photograph the actual main beams of this floor from the outside of the castle. The sounds, I hope, are accessible on the web for it is a unique, lovely song.

After the visit of the Castle it was time to walk the grounds, exploring the ancient moat and fortifications left one bewildered at the diversity of the sights... The landscaping shows an impressive dedication to the history.

The surrounding city area with its river and modern buildings are a sharp contrast to the Nijo Castle's timeless beauty and experience. Always pleasant, the Kyoto area reveals its many treasure treasures, one by one, like the delicate petals of a springtime flower.

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“Nijo Castle”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2013

I have been previously been to Nijo as a member of a tour group. This time I went with a friend during April. I really enjoy this castle as it is in very good condition. The rooms still display original painted doors and walls. Some rooms have been set up with models wearing peiod costume and this is an added interest. I recommend that you do some study prior to going to the castle if you are going without a tour guide. I only saw part of the garden last time, however, this time I was able to see the whole garden. Nijo has some stunning cherry blossom trees. There were couples wearing traditional kimono and this also added to the site of the beautiful trees. Some of the trees are obviously very old. The gift shop offers some of the usual sourvenirs, but the English guide is quite reasonably priced. There was also a craft market on the day I visited and this was also very good. Well worth a visit.

Visited April 2013
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“Hugh castle ground”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2013

Nice structures , lots of 'buildings' housing the various sections of a castle. Large garden with beautiful greenage n flowers. Too bad I came 2 weeks late ( cherry blossom over ) A must place to visit by travellers , easy access from Kyoto Rail station , A fee of yen 600 is charge . Advise to travellers - go to the tourist info centre at Kyoto Rail station and buy the "day pass" which allow you free entrance to several sites , can't remember the price .

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