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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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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We arrived late in the day, 3 pm or so. The castle was a bus ride away from the Nijo train station, and easy to find. Nightingale floors truly sounded like nightingales, but we missed out in translation devices since we arrived late in the day. The visit was pleasant, though no parts were air conditioned and the heat was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I wanted to see at least one castle or palace while I was in Kyoto and decided on Nijo Castle because I didn't need prior permission. The castle was the home of one of the leading samurai families and it was only after the Meiji restoration that their power diminished. The castle and its grounds are pretty large, but visitors... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I missed out on visiting Nijo Castle on my first trip to Kyoto and I'm really glad that I took time on a second trip to visit. The grounds are pretty extensive. It's hot in summer though so prepare yourself with a fan and plenty of water. All of the rooms inside the castle have a spark notes explanation on... More 

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Staying in City Center

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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.