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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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It is about 600 yen to enter, but a really beautiful castle. I would go when it is warmer, as they have a variety of different gardens to see. Walking through the main house was also a super fun thing to do. They also have...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank sarahoco95
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a very accessible castle site with well maintained walls and gardens. It is easily explored in an hour or less, but a longer visit would be possible. The history of the powerful Tokugawa shogunate is clearly laid out in this tour, and I...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank dspriceink
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Castle was closed over the New Year period so I was only able to walk through the gardens and visit the painting gallery. A well preserved insight into the Shogun period and from when Kyoto was the capital. The grounds are more compact than...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank tneldner
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It is a beautiful construction. And compared to goon and Fushimi inari, it is less crowded too. You may rent the audio guide if you want to know more about the building.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 985madelineq
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very serene & you can envision the Shogun looking out on the gardens & finding time to relax. Not as much crowd as many of the historical sites so can appreciate the what the place meant to the Shogun. Total spend time not more than...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank RoyT797
Reviewed 1 week ago

Nijo Castle is a traditional Japanese Castle. Previously an Imperial Castle. The gardens are kept immaculately in typical Japanese fashion. The carp in the moat are huge! The buildings are so beautiful. A highlight for me was walking on a nightingale floor - so much...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Poppasilverback
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nijo castle fascinated me because it marked the handing over of his rule by the last Shogun to the rule of the Emperor.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank kashyap
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great slice of history do get the audio tour to provide the detail of what youbare looking at. Lovely gardens and the gold matcha ice cream at the end is truly a work of art

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Despite many of the rooms being closed off, there is still much to see in the castle. Walking about the grounds allow a close look at the castle and all its structure.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank perfect_spy
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The gorgeous Nijo Castle was walking distance from our accomodation in Kyoto and was well worth a visit. There were many visitors at the time we went, but the large beautiful gardens and castle itself never make it feel too busy or crowded. The lovely...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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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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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.
July 7, 2018|
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Response from nadlaz17 | Reviewed this property |
From memory is was fairly flat. I think there was one attraction with steps but not a lot. Sorry if I’m wrong but I think you’ll be okay
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August 24, 2016|
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Hi, I am not sure about u, For me, i rather day 1 when i land narita, i will fly to osaka straight from narita, base myself in osaka/kyoto for the 3 days itineraries you have. This way, i can save the time and transport cost from travel in n out tokyo. and also less moving of hotels. you can concentrate on tokyo after you back from kyoto/osaka. this way, you can also change/move about your planned itineraries in tokyo easily. if you opt for internal flight, you dun need a jr...More
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Hello, Im trying to put together a itinerary for Kyoto and would love some opinion about it. *day 1 from Tokyo to Kyoto arriving early afternoon: Higashiyama Ward Gion Maruyama-koen Park Yasaka Shrine *day 2: Fushimi-Inari-Taisha Shrine Ginkaku-ji Temple Honen-in Temple The Path of Philosophy Shoren-in Temple Nanzen-ji Temple Kiyomizu-dera Temple *day 3: Kinkaku-ji Temple Tenryu-ji Temple – Arashiyama Arashiyama Bamboo Grove Okochi-Sanso Villa – Arashiyama *day 4:...More
February 26, 2016|
Response fromDLi_hk|
overall makes sense though day 2 looks pretty packed. If you really want to visit all of them, you might hv to add 1 more day. Otherwise, Ginkaku-ji ->The Path of Philosophy-> Nanzen-ji Temple -> Kiyomizu-dera Temple would be more realistic for proper sightseeing. If you're not exhausted yet, then head to Fushimi-Inari. Nishiki Market - you might wander there in day 1 during day time (most stores close after 1700). you might return for another meal. my review https:/…REVIEWS
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Hello! We will be reaching Kyoto on 21st at 1pm and 22nd whole day. So many lovely sights in Kyoto, but we have finalized the following - 1. Kiyomizu-dera temple 2. Nijo-jo Castle 3. Ryoanji 4. Ninnaji 5. Fushimi Inari Can somebody help/ guide to form a itinerary for 1.5 days? Also, we are doing Tokyo-Kyoto roundtrip so I guess we stick to SUICA card. Can I use the same card in Kyoto for travel in bus/trains? Thanks
October 08, 2015|
Response frommountainsnbeyond|
when you arrive at kyoto, visit the tourist information center which is located in the station/mall... they'll give you a suggested heritage route with travel time, tour hours, direction, bus details indicated thereto... they have a one day city bus pass which is really economical. we did a return tokyo-kyoto-tokyo trip and used JR pass, can't comment on the suica card :)