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Reviewed December 5, 2014

My wife and I visited this castle a few days ago as part of a tour package. It was a great place to see. You are not allowed to take photos inside of the castle, so going in person is the best way to see it. There is a lot of history there and the guide through the castle was excellent and informative. It gave you a sense of how Japan used to be in the past, as well as how the castle was built to provide protection from both outside and within (e.g. floors were to built to make noise on purpose to prevent intruders from sneaking around). I would definitely recommend visiting this castle... I personally think it's a must.

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Reviewed December 4, 2014

Visiting Nijo Castle during peak autumn season is countless experience. Learning history and viewing long time history of castle is something. Then seeing sea of colors from autumn leaves make it like you were in heaven. The castle garden is stunningly beautiful with different trees and color. Sure it will also beautiful in spring. It is once in a life time experience. If you want one for autumn colors hunter, this is the place you can't be miss!

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Reviewed December 3, 2014

Nijo Castle is not like many of the castles people see in Japan which are large, multi-storey, white-washed buildings that can be seen from a distance: it is more like a Japanese mansion, all on the same level with wooden floors and paper doors. On the inside though, there is a marvel of murals, gold plating and the "nightingale floors": floors that sound like birds chirping or people whispering as they are walked on.

No photos are allowed inside the castle to preserve it, but it is very well catered for wheelchairs, only requiring that you transfer into one of the manual wheelchairs provided to maintain the clean atmosphere. People not requiring a wheelchair were required to walk around without shoes, so remember to wear some good quality socks for comfort, if nothing else.

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Reviewed December 3, 2014

Lovely to see a snap of olden times in Japan.
Could have been a little more interactive or had more signage to give you information, and they'd run out of audio guides so I think we probably missed a bit of the 'colour' of the place. But, it's a lovely place to stroll around and the gardens are like a large scale bonsai.

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Reviewed December 2, 2014

I used to be hear once during Cherry Blossom, but it can't compare with Autumn. All the leaves are so beautiful, I found many ginkgo leaves everywhere in Kyoto but no place looks as beautiful as the ginkgo in Nijo-jo.

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