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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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An impressive complex

Despite some wall paintings have been moved for restoration, amd that most of the ones exhibited are reproductions, you really get the impressive and gorgeous beauty of a Shogun... read more

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Despite some wall paintings have been moved for restoration, amd that most of the ones exhibited are reproductions, you really get the impressive and gorgeous beauty of a Shogun Palace

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This is a great visit for your first day in Kyoto for being near the city center and Kyoto train station. The main castle is open to public visitation, but it has only a series of large rooms with tatamis (traditional Japanese straw mats); there are nice paintings at the walls and ceilings though. The outside area is beautiful, worth... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We chose to go here a sense of history you feel as you walk round the gardens and the castle where everyone tries to creep around he shotgun was worried about being killed in his sleep so all the floorboards creek and interesting place to see

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We caught a JR train to Nijo station and walked to the castle. The gardens and moat areas are quite nice, but the best part is removing your shoes and walking through the main building which is lined with huge cedar floor boards. They not only squeak but it sounds like they're singing too! Apparently they're called nightingale floors and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We had a private guide for our visit and his insights really made our visit to Nijo Castle. I understood a lot more about shogun, samurai and ninja after this.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This castle is interesting to visit when in Kyoto, the first gate you enter through is especially impressive. Once inside you are asked to remove your shoes and then you follow a tour through rooms, some with English explanation some not but its enough. There are then the gardens of the castle to explore. There is a metro stop very... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Some of this castle was under renovation. It was a good cultural and historical exhibit, but might be uninteresting for youngsters. The nightingale floor was interesting, along with some of the historical aspects, but we wouldn't rate this stop as "outstanding."

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Large complex, with main hall (hall door closes 4pm while main gate closes at 5pm) and many gardens. No one attraction is standout memorable but the complete experience of walking the hall, some beautiful gates, many gardens means this is worth your time **especially if your visit to Kyoto is short on time**. You could achieve the same overall experience... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Worth seeing but not a showstopper compared to stunning temples and nearby Imperial Palace. Enjoyable walk through gardens and centuries old buildings and moats. Good sunny, even overcast day walk. If it rains beware: very little shelter. So pack a light raincoat and smile :)

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is a well-preserved castle that's actually quite huge inside and offers an amazing look at the living quarters of the elite in Japan a long time ago. The decorative golden screens are lovely and the place overall is impressive. What makes it special, though, is the Nightingale Floor. Nijo Castle is one of the few castles in Japan to... 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.