Took a bus from Kyoto station to Nijo Castle. Took about 15mins without much traffic.
Is a holiday castle for the shogun 600 years ago. Is not huge in size compared to Forbidden City however it has other interesting areas that is worth viewing. It costs about 600Yen for the entrance fee and you may rent an english audio guide. We had a guide so we did not use the audio guide and hence would not be able to share more about it.
Some things to note:
1. The designs on the front view of the roof is shaped like a fish to symbolise water and hence prevent any possibility of fire.
2. Above the door is a symbol of frog legs which mean good luck.
3. The floors are call nightingale floor/mechanism since when anyone walks on it, the floor will produce a squeaking sound - this is an act of surveillance.
4. Each room is decorated according to the power of the person residing in the room, the shogun's rooms are definitely more elaborate than others.
5. The room is also name after the decor like Pine, crane, peony, etc.
6. The highlight is actually the garden. Do not expect flowers in the garden. A typical Japanese garden do not have flowers.
7. There are 3 islands on the water landscape - eternal island, turtle and crane islands which symbolised longevity.
This is one of the 17 UNESCO Heritage site in Kyoto and in my opinion is truly worth the visit only if you go through the history and meaning of the architecture.
I spent about 1.5 hours in this place.
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