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Nijo Castle

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Nijo Castle

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541 Nijo-jo-cho, Horikawa-nishi-iru, Nijo-jo-dori, Nakagyo-Ku, Kyoto 604-8301 Kyoto Prefecture
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This is a virtual tour using Zoom, online conference system. This unique 1h tour brings you to one of the most beautiful and historical cities in Japan, Kyoto. The friendly host will make your experience more interactive. We use not only photos or videos but also handmade materials or actual goods from guides' living room, that makes you feel livelier. You can ask them anything about Japan, Kyoto and other popular tourists spots by chat or by talk session after the tour. This tour will provide helpful hints for your future trip to Japan. PLEASE NOTE the tour time is Japan standard time. Make adjustment to your time when booking.<br>We'll send you Zoom URL invitation when you book the tour.
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Melinda G wrote a review Jan 2021
Osaka, Japan444 contributions65 helpful votes
The palace was not open due to the New Year holidays but the garden was open. Most of the buildings were being renovated anyways so we wouldn’t have been able to go inside. It would be worth visiting in the spring or fall to see the cherry blossoms or the fall colours. It wasn’t crowded and peaceful to walk around.
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Date of experience: January 2021
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Gregg L wrote a review Nov 2020
Tucson, Arizona245 contributions67 helpful votes
Beautiful castle interiors. If only they allowed pictures inside!! There’s a bit of construction / restoration in some areas but the main halls are accessible.
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Date of experience: November 2020
Elisabethmh wrote a review Oct 2020
Oslo, Norway558 contributions103 helpful votes
Nijo Castle (Nijōjō) and Ninomaru Palace is definitely worth a visit while staying in Kyoto. The garden is simply stunning! Nijōjō was built in 1603 for the first Shogun during the Edo period, Leaysu. It was eventually donated to the city of Kyoto and is now on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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TulRocK wrote a review Oct 2020
Samut Prakan, Thailand32 contributions66 helpful votes
It’s highly recommended to visit. The floor inside the castle will generate the sound when you step on. It shows how smart they are to design this place.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Rumples wrote a review Sep 2020
Tucson, Arizona10748 contributions3514 helpful votes
We visited this early 17th-century castle on a rainy October afternoon and the weather failed to deter a huge number of tourists. But most people chose to spend their time in buildings so we had the gardens mostly to ourselves. Designed in the Japanese Zen Buddhism style, these stunning green spaces, complete with water features, appear throughout the castle grounds. The gardens proved to be most enjoyable for a stroll, even in the rain, and worked well with the castle's two palaces, Ninomaru-goten and Honmaru-goten. Only Ninomaru-goten was open during our visit.The absolutely magnificent Karamon Gate stands at the entrance to this palace and proved to be one of the major highlights for us. Enormous, it features golden carvings, depicting symbols of longevity, such as cranes and plum blossoms. The palace consists of six connected buildings with more than 3,600 wall paintings. The artwork throughout is truly spectacular. Walking on the floorboards in the palace corridor causes a squeaking sound and was installed so the shogun could hear intruders. Though there are audio guides available and tours in English, we found the English-language signs and information booklets given to tourists to be sufficient. We walked to the castle from our nearby hotel, but It can be reached by the Tozai Subway line, Nijojo-Mae station.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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