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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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Well worth the stop. The building and display was very interesting. The gardens were not the best that we had seen, but still very beautiful. The highlight for us was... read more

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

Well worth the stop. The building and display was very interesting. The gardens were not the best that we had seen, but still very beautiful. The highlight for us was watching a Shinto wedding that took place in the garden.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Was drizzling when we visited. Could not take photos when tour of the hall was conducted. Lack of autumn foliage too . .

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Thank Huyaa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Tokugawa shogunate was built & end in this impressive compound. A peek into the Shogun's life style & Japanese culture. Wall painting & their meaning express the strength, power of Shogun's sovereign. I find Nightingale floors as a very Creative alarm system.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Most of the building were under construction and there were a car exhibition. We liked what we see around it, the nature and the foliage.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Neat castle with beautiful gardens. Be sure to check out the little cafe while you're in there. You get to enjoy the traditional red bean soup or green tea outdoor and also the beautiful scene of the gardens.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It's real Japan We were in October - was Japanese autumn - very beautiful scenery The wall paintings are very interesting

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Visited this ancient castle (world heritage site) with the family. Unfortunately some parts of the castle (especially the front main gate) are under renovation. So this spoils the beauty of the site. Good place to visit to learn about the culture and historical prominence of Kyoto. Would have been better if there are more historical items in the castle as... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We were recommended this place by Japanese friends in Tokyo and we were not let down. This place isn't as popular as some of the other places in Kyoto and it costs money to get in. But that helps deter large crowds. The first thing you do when you get here would be touring inside the hall to see the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The building certainly was outstanding and so much history behind it. A bit disappointed that the paintings and murals has been removed and stashed away on another part of the compound for a separate paid exhibition. The grounds with it's Japanese landscaping is probably better during spring though it's still very good even at this time of the year

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A wonderful place to discover the shogun life. The paintings are truly awesome and the history of the castle is very interesting. Don't forget to stroll in the park surrounding the castle. It is very pleasant. The towers offer great views of Kyoto.

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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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