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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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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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Northiam, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday 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 yesterday 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.

Thank Ekaterina G
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 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 

Thank Daeng D
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 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 2 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.

Thank Datchet
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Its truley incredible, its definitely worth getting an audio guide as I learnt so much from the guide about the history of the castle which is fascinating. The gallery housing the original wall drawing was not open when we visited and the front gates where under renovation but it did not take away from our experience. Please not you cannot... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

It's not so difficult to imagine being back in the time when it was first built especially when in the Ninomaru Palace. It was lovely to be able to walk along the cypress wood floors (you need to take off your shoes before you enter) and look into the different rooms and the decorated ceilings. The wall paintings were beautiful... More 

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Kyoto Prefecture, Japan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Wonderful Japanese feudal history, and beautiful gardens surrounding the Castle and it's inner palaces. The concentric format is interesting, and lends itself to the security needed to contain feudal war lords. Great place to go jogging, and the guard houses around the complex is manned by police. Safe and enjoyable to jog around.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Dating back to 1601 Nijo Castle was built as the Kyoto residence for the Shoguns. And is now open tot he general publc and must for visiting to appreciate the history of japan and how the Shoguns lived extremely impressive. And well worth the tag of a world heritage site.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Good place to visit to see Japan's past and history. The guide for our tour was hard to hear especially has her accent was strong. A recorded tour that was available would have been better.

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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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