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Nijo Castle

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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...more
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541 Nijojocho, Nijodori Horikawa-nishiiru, Nakagyo, Kyoto 604-8301, Kyoto Prefecture
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+81 75-841-0096
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Reviewed yesterday

Great spot to be visited, one of the must to see in Tokyo. The main buildings and gate are finely decorated and the nearby gardens with pavilion and lake worth while visiting. Wonderful place.

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank aless245
Reviewed 4 days ago

We got there right as it opened and avoided a lot of the crowds. We had a guide which definitely added to the experience

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank Roslyn G
Reviewed 6 days ago

This is one huge castle that has lot of interesting stuff to see inside. The inside of the castle is pretty beautiful and gives good historical perspective also. Please avoid golden week if you can as when we went it was very very crowded that...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank ashish p
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

One of the castles is closed for renovation (Aug 2019) and the impressive painting you see in the interior of the other are reproductions, but still - it’s a unique and memorable experience give its history, architecture, culture. In my view a mandatory place to...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank mgc77
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Impressive hand painted pannels , that were used by Shogunate family to impress their enemies and allies. Very interesting to discover the famous "nightingale floor" used by Samurais. On the other hand , we had bad experience because we paid the full ticket (10€ aprox)...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank enekom469
Reviewed 1 week ago

. . . what royal life truly must have been during Japan's feudal era (1600). Multiple buildings are connected by corridors with "nightingale floors" as a security measure against intruders. I believe all original paintings have been removed and are in a museum, but the...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Linda K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

More like a palace with beautiful paintings in each room. You take your shoes off and then walk though the corridors . The floor make a bird like squeaking sound as you walk around designed as a warning of possible intruders. One of the main...More

Date of experience: August 2019
1  Thank zitatravel
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Rich history of how Japan was unified under one powder, the “General”. All wooden structure of one story that is consistent of 5 connected buildings is in contrast with European definition of a castle. It was very hot inside in August with no A/C, but...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank mikehZ1738NQ
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lots of tourists. Was a really hot day when we visited, got exhausted so didn't walk all of it but it's a really Nice huge castle with massive garden and grounds

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Space_Bunny_Dolphin
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

When you go to buy your entrance ticket they hide the fact that the whole castle is under a blanquet of construction. And when we complained they didn't offer a refund nor a discount but just said that we should have checked their webpage. The...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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City Center
No district of Kyoto is quite as representative of its
blended nature as the City Center. By day, the covered
shopping arcades along Kawaramachi and Shijo Street
bring deal hunters and fashionistas out in droves to
peruse the clothing, accessories, gifts, and home
goods offerings. When it grows dark, the City Center
is a hip spot for nightlife, alive with bars and
clubs. A trendy culinary scene and an abundance of
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Julian S
February 26, 2019|
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Response from Scenic546951 | Reviewed this property |
2 hours is a good
Chen Y
November 28, 2018|
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Response from MelaniaC88 | Reviewed this property |
Closed Tuesdays in January, July, August and December (or following day if Tuesday is a national holiday), December 26 to January 4
September 21, 2018|
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Response from adrianw818 | Reviewed this property |
I would definitely check in advance as I didn’t see elevators and as others have said there are some steps steps when entering interiors.