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Nijo Castle

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Address: 541 Nijojo-cho, Horikawa-nishiiru, Kyoto 604-8301, Kyoto Prefecture
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Phone Number: +81 75-841-0096
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This world heritage site was the home of Tokugawa leyasu, one of the most...

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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Beautiful Park!

I enjoyed the gardens in the castle grounds more than the castle itself! in autumn, it was a beautiful place to relax over a good book!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I enjoyed the gardens in the castle grounds more than the castle itself! in autumn, it was a beautiful place to relax over a good book!

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Loved the walk back in history. Imagining how the Samurai and Shogun lived hundreds of years ago. Beautiful grounds and definitely a highlight of any visit to Kyoto. Nightingale sounds from the original floors absolutely as advertised.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Nijo castle is a good contrast to typical Japanese castles which tend to be built for fortification. This has an ornate gate that is quite impressive. You can view reproductions of gold leaf murals throughout the main space. We had our kids along and they had to keep to themselves and be very quiet as the employees kept a watchful... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This castle was so beautiful and yet so old. The high-tech alarm to keep ninjas out is simply a most amazing wooden floor that is beautiful, but chirps just like birds when you walk across. Even a tiny ninja will elicit chirping when trying to scuttle along the edge of the floor. It is really something to marvel at! This... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Very beautiful castle with so much history and tradition of Edo era . Former residences of feudal lords during 17-18 centuries . The garden is huge and very pretty as well. Definitely worth a visit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It may not be for everyone but for those who want to have a feel of the old Japanese culture when the shoguns dominated then a visit to the Nijo Castle would take you back 400 years ago. From the time it was built until today the squeaking floors serve as an alarm system, giving the shogun time to run... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The palace of the shogun in Kyoto is one of the must-sees of the city. The nightingale floor, puppets illustrating the life in the court of shogun, the beautiful paintings on the walls, screens behind which the guards were hidden... An there is quite a beautiful stroll garden, particularly the pond with its rocks and bridges. The moats and walls... More 

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picture are not allowed and you have to remove your shoes.. great place to get a feel of the shogunate splendour .. the garden is pretty peaceful.

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As most monuments in Kyoto this is a truly amazing sight. It doesn't feel like a castle at all! The wall paintings and reception areas are amazing!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The Nijo Castle is another must see when in Kyoto. The castle's main attraction is the "nightingale floor", but also the general layout with different paintings for different rooms and people etc is very interesting.

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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 local watering holes give the Center its youthful vibrancy. In contrast, the quieter areas of the City Center seem a world away, shielded from noise by the foliage of the public gardens and zen spaces surrounding the area's shrines, castles, and the Imperial Palace. These ancient and sacred spots are seamlessly folded into the scenery, providing a respite from the energy of the city, but close enough to put you directly back onto the pulse of the city when you're ready.