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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
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 japan palace

a good place to know the ancient Japan palace, to realize the the room's function , to look the painting

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW

a good place to know the ancient Japan palace, to realize the the room's function , to look the painting

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Well worth a visit if you are interested in (Japanese) history but it would be best to go here as part of a tour so the guide can fill you in with the history of the castle.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Interesting spot, good for some history. Gardens are nice, not the best. You can tour the castle, but it is somewhat barren inside except for paintings and the history. Not a must see, but certainly worth a look especially if you have not gone to many castles in Japan.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is one place where I think you would need a guide of some sort to get the best out of a visit. We had a guide and without him and the info provided about the castle and it's inhabitants the visit would have been a bit unimpressive. If you are interested in shoguns this is the place. Not free... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Shogun's palace. You will be asked to remove your shoes to enter the buildings. And pls respect the NO PHOTOGRAPHY RULE. Gives you a glimpse of life in feudal Japan. It is easy to imagine ninjas crawling the place at night and caught by the squeaking floorboards.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

As well as impressive castle and palace buildings which you kind of expect from a royal establishment , the gardens were really nice too.

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Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, Japan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

History, architecture, amazing gardens, feeling of old times and glorious life. Enjoy the building with chirping floors, see how the shoguns lived. Then have a walk in the gorgeous garden. Great in April for cherry blossoms, lught ups in the summer, and many more events throughout the year.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This Nijo Castel ranks quite high on Tripadvisor and tourists seem to have good opinions about it. So that's why I decided to go. The gates are really nice, they are all well carved and gilded with gold. They look fabulous and shine bright in the sun light, but I'd say that is the best thing about this place! Inside... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

One doesn't often get to poke around visually in the domicile of shoguns. They were a bit paranoid and rightly so since often the object of assassination attempts. However, this palace and tour gives you a glimpse into their more formal lives. If you're a palace lover this is a site not to be missed. For others it's still a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A beautiful place to visit, called a castle but is actually a palace. Built for the Shogun to stay in when he visited Kyoto. Walk and listen to the squeaky floor boards as you tour the inner section where the Shogun lived and held audiences. Beautiful decorations and murals in every room.

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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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