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Nijo Castle

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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
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+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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Good Historic Overview

I enjoyed visiting the both grounds and the castle building. The experience provided a good overview of Japanese history, landscaping, and architecture.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I enjoyed visiting the both grounds and the castle building. The experience provided a good overview of Japanese history, landscaping, and architecture.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We spent a day in Kyoto and I had a great tour guide who decided this was worth it, for the day--and she's correct. The history that has taken place at this location is important; and worth it for that alone. There is construction at the moment but one of the main gates was just re-done and the gilding is... More 

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Shah Alam, Malaysia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Hmmm... I just went there because it is near to the hostel that I stayed. Just go there by walking but there also a bus straight to this place. Its not really great for me. Just.. ok. Some parts are nice but overall I was like ppffftttt.. but you still kind of appreciate all the history in there, and the... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We expected more from this visit. The weather was poor the day we visited so we didn't get to enjoy the gardens and perhaps that reduced our enjoyment.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This was my least favorite attraction in Kyoto. Although it's still beautiful and there is SO much history surrounding the Castle, it was a bit dismal for me. I wouldn't go back but would recommend everyone see it once.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This was one of our first destinations on arriving in Kyoto, and it was a lovely place to start getting a feel for the old Japan. I'm glad we went here, I like to see as much as I can when I travel. Walking through the castle itself really transports you into another time as you try and consider the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Came by during the New Year so the palace was closed off but we were still able to look around the grounds. Really nice old wooden structures (Palaces and gates) and quite a tranquil garden. What I found interesting was that there was a second moat within the grounds to an inner castle and garden. There was also a lookout... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Better take a tour. Even I could not take photos inside of the palace, when I take a tour, I could learn so much about history and so impressed about many hidden message.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our visit was a bit off season and we got the regular guide. Overall we got an interesting guide tour, and I have no complaints.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This was the first place we visited in Kyoto and it was a great place to start. We joined a very friendly English-speaking tour which provided us with lots of useful information about the castle and its gardens. The interiors were quite ornate compared to other castles with some lovely painted screens on view. The gardens were lovely and there... 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.
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