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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Nijo Castle. Tokugawa Ieyasu’s Kyoto pied a terre. We actually enjoyed this more than the Golden Pavillon. When I first heard the nightingale floorboards sing as we walked on then I actually laughed aloud . Just a shame they won’t let you photograph inside the palace.

Pleasant walk around the castle grounds and gardens. Then you take your shoes off to walk through the palace.

Well signed, and while it’s busy, it’s nowhere near as insanely busy as the Golden Pavillon.

Thank Pindoctor_John
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Reviewed yesterday

You first walk through a series of corridors to view rooms that the shogun held court at with throngs of other visitors, with no place to pause or walk at your own pace. Then you go outside and can see some nice gardens but they're not that special.

Thank Warren C
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This was far better than I expected. It’s both educational and an amazingly well preserved castle. Well worth a visit and I would recommend the recorded tour.

Thank edwina83
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This is a listed World Heritage Site. It was a great visit. Everything went accordingly to plan. There was a convenient car park right in front of the castle. It cost 1,000 yen for a 2 hrs visit. Good enough.

The weather was excellent at 16C. Sunny.

We walked around the gardens, inside the palace, had tea at a tea house. Great way to spend time in a historical place.

Thank Braddell_Hill
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Visiting Nijo castle was interesting - lots of historical facts and construction details that you're able to view when touring the castle.

Thank NorthStar08298693607
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Wonderful Ambience to walk through the last Shoguns residence and see the rooms and experience the history. Not allowed to take photos inside. The entrance Gates are beautifully and colourfly decorated. Wander the gardens. Very nice shopping tents outside.....lovely gifts. Good cafe and Souvenir Shop. An option for a wet day as well

Thank 3heather
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Reviewed 6 days ago

amazing castle, great place to spend a half day wandering around. look for the secret little bird in the gold work around the front gate.

Thank Leanne_E_12_12
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Nijo- jo Castle is a world Heritage site located in Central Kyoto.We reached it by bus from the North side of the JR Kyoto Station ( around 20 minutes ). The entry to the castle is from the main road in very pleasant surroundings. The entrance fees is 600 yen. Pick up free English guide booklet at the entrance although the your route is marked ( with scope for confusion!) and there are English signboards explaining the important structures.You enter by the Guardhouse ( nothing much here) and enter the Ninomaru-goten palace via the very impressive Kara-mon Gate.The palace is an elegant one made of wood. You have to remove your shoes and photography is not allowed inside. You can follow a very organised tour inside. Hear the wooden floor squeak below your feet to give out wonderful sounds like bird chirping. Most of the paintings are reproduction of the original ( which are kept under safe custody). The Ninomaru garden is very impressive with ponds featuring interesting rock patterns.You next come to a moat and enter the grounds of the Homaru-goten palace via the Honamaru Yamura- mon gate.The Honamaru-goten palace was closed but you can walk the Honmaru garden with the large span of lawn. Do go up to the top of the base of the keep tower to get a bird’s eye view of the palace.After this you come to an area with rest area. You can wander off to walk in a pathway or head towards the Nishi- mon( West Gate) which is the recommend route and subsequently the Kita Nakashikiri-mon gate.You finally come to the impressive and verdant Seiryu-en garden followed by the Kita Ote- mon. On the way out you will come across selling local souvenirs on the right. I would recommend that you visit the cafe on the left and have lovely matcha ice cream and check the souvenirs.Budget around 2 hours for this activity and you will leave feeling good but wish that the Honamaru-goten palace was open.

Thank Dhiraj H
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I just happened on this castle while lost after getting off at wrong station. What a nice surprise. I didn't spent much time but will when I return to Kyoto

Thank Warner L
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The castle's most interesting aspects were its mortarless moat walls (which achieved Inca-like precision), the "nightingale" floors (purposely designed to squeak, thus warning the Shogun of potential assassins) and the wonderful (though now reproduction) paintings in the audience halls. Filled with symbolism, the most impressive were: tigers (not native to Japan) meant to terrify lesser lords and pine trees for dynastic longevity. Leave sufficient time to see it all.

Thank mvidro
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