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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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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Stunning castle with lots to look at. The gardens are amazing and literally every tree is manicured to perfection. Arrive early to avoid the hoards, particularly if you're after that classic pic.

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

There is so much to see and do in Kyoto that you have to make a balanced short list in order to stay sane. We usually have one visit to a special place followed by wandering aimlessly in a historic area, then relax. Today’s visit...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Beautiful castle worth the visit and the 1000 japanese yen! We did not visit the garden but the building itself is worth it

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Gi R
Reviewed 3 days ago

Well, Kyoto is a "castle-city" so to speak and having limited time we had to choose which of the castles we should visit. Niji castle was among them and has been a good choice. It is well preserved with lovely surrounding grounds to walk and...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I went with my 14 year old son, it’s not too bad priced, the lines are organised quite swiftly so don’t be afraid of how many people are there. I wish I had got a tour because I did listen in on some guides. Looking...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We were so pleased that we visited this castle. It is a great day out. The building and the grounds are beautiful. You can buy your ticket when you arrive. There are machines (with lots of languages) so it’s very quick and easy. There was...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 4 days ago

It's a castle. I mean, it is nice but its not a must see. I had to go there cause my idiot bf has a boner for castles but I would not have gone there if I could have chosen. I am a very nice...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank mskjolstad
Reviewed 4 days ago

You get out at the subway and it’s across the road. Extremely organised ticket buying and you can pay with credit card. 1000y per adult and 350y for a child. The main gate is beautiful and then the walk around the main palace is great....More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

A very nice experience, it was crowded but it was a Sunday. The grounds are extensive with a lovely rock garden. The palace is also very nice and the route through well labelled and guided. There was some sort of event going on which prohibited...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank GarryUK
Reviewed 5 days ago

Lovely and historic UNESCO site in the heart of Kyoto, with uniquely held construction. The castle and surrounding grounds are lovely, and there is very easy access from the subway. Go! You'll enjoy the visit!

Date of experience: May 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.