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Nijo Castle

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City Center
As featured in 3 Days in Kyoto and 3 other guides
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Address: 541 Nijojo-cho, Horikawa-nishiiru, Kyoto 604-8301, Kyoto Prefecture
Name/address in local language
Phone Number: +81 75-841-0096
8:45 am - 4:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:45 am - 4:00 pm

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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This attraction is a must see in Kyoto. The nightingale walkways in the castle are unique and truly sound like Bird song as you walk on the wooden floor. Very easy to get to by... read more

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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW via mobile

This attraction is a must see in Kyoto. The nightingale walkways in the castle are unique and truly sound like Bird song as you walk on the wooden floor. Very easy to get to by underground or by foot. Self guided audio tours are also available. Not too expensive and very impressive.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I visited this place as it was about to close in 2 hours. The crowd was not that many and thus i had an unhurried stroll in the its wooden labyrinth and the tee lined park. The complex wasvery massive, hence you need good comfortable shoes. Like many national historical sites in Kyoto, they require you to take off your... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Must see. Everything is just beautiful from walkways temple singing floors and grounds highly recommend you include it on your places to visit in Japan.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I loved walking through the castle and seeing the replicas of the paintings in the rooms. The feel of ancient cultural traditions and customs were wonderful. Especially with the nightingale floorboards. The gardens were equally lovely to walk through

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Expecting a traditional castel in european style, this are more superb houses surrounded by walls/moats with water, surely not easy to attack in the past centuries. Main building Niromaru is incredible, specially because of the paintings, even in their simplicity sometime. The nightingale floors are unique, can walk on them for hours to listen to their bird-like sound.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Went before closing, currently renovating with many original murals removed and several rooms closed to the public. Really pretty front gate and nice garden however. Not a must visit, but a good contrast to Himeiji. There's a cafe there with gold leaf ice cream available if interested!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It is a nice and beautiful castle with wooden floors and lots of different rooms for different purposes. Once in Kyoto, it is an easy and worth visit. If you have already visited Himaji, you will find this castle too small ;)

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The castle had alot of construction gping on and many of the temples paintings were being renovated so it was slightly disappointing. But the castle is grand.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

One must come here after reading a bit about its history and function. Advise you to approach this place with a bit of imagination sufficient to visually what it must have been in order to be transported. If this seems to be too much of a hard work then just enjoy its simplicity and tasteful architecture and wall paintings. I... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

If you are about history, architecture, then this is for you. It will be nice to read about Nijo Castle prior to visiting if you are going without a tour guide. As a family of 5 with a toddler, it was accessible via stroller (may be hard with the terrain full of gravel but there are also cemented walkways). The... More 

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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 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.