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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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Beautiful interior panels

Well worth a visit. Having a tour guide on this tour is worth the expense. I stayed across the street at the Crowne Plaza hotel because the Niro castle is the first site on many... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Edmonton, Canada
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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Well worth a visit. Having a tour guide on this tour is worth the expense. I stayed across the street at the Crowne Plaza hotel because the Niro castle is the first site on many tours but I'd recommend another spot such as where I stayed later, because the travel isn't onerous.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Even if Kyoto has nicer places, this samurai palace is a must, especially if you can get a little information on their history and habits. It is very central in Kyoto

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Niko Castle is a cool place to visit and has some unique features like the squeaky floors which were designed to alert for intruders. I don't recall seeing a keep like structure which I have come to expect from castles but the palace and gardens were beautiful. I visited on an overcast day and it seemed a little dim inside... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We really enjoyed Nijo-jo Castle. It was funny because once you walk in they ask you to fill out a survey - but we haven't even toured the place yet?? You actually get to walk through this castle and here the floors that sing swallow songs - at first I thought it was someone's audio tour turned on too high.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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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Prosser, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 1 week ago 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 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

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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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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