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“A great retreat in the city”
Review of Nijo-jo Castle

Nijo-jo Castle
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed November 23, 2013

I really liked the castle as you get to walk through it (without your shoes). The paintings on the walls and the history is really interesting. The grounds are beautiful and serene. One of my favorite stops in Kyoto.

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Reviewed November 19, 2013

The place isn't ostentatiously done up, but that doesn't mean it's any less imposing. This former home of a shogun has an exquisite interior, from floors that signal the presence of silent intruders (by emitting a sound akin to a nightingale's call) to intricately adorned walls (with specific murals to depict the purpose and standing of the room). Worth a visit.

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Reviewed November 19, 2013

Put the notion of an English castle out of your head; this is a beautiful home of a shogun during the Edo period before emperor rule. The paintings on the walls are beautiful and the nightingale floors are something to experience for yourself. The exhibit was set up to give you an idea of the daily life of the inhabitants of the castle.

I recommend that you allow yourself plenty of time not only to go through the castle itself but the beautiful gardens that surround it. The ponds, trees, and grassy areas are very calming to walk through and well worth the time, especially as a refuge from the city life of Kyoto.

Be sure to check out the merchants near the exit. The have great items, the people are courteous and very appreciative if you buy something.

1  Thank stephenarthur
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Reviewed November 19, 2013

The Nijo Castle is right across from the Nijo-jo-mae station, no trouble finding it at all. The moment you step out of the station exit you will see the side wall. I arrived at Nijo Castle 1.5 hours to closing and had just about sufficient time before they closed. Wished I had gotten the audio translator, as the main castle that has the displays did not have much English description. They had audio available but only in Japanese.

Main castle/hall is the area where you could walk into (with shoes off of course), and walked a designated route that takes you round the building. The place was dim, and no photos allowed, so you can only look. The key English words they had on the signs did help give an idea of what each room was used for though.

After the tour around the building, you can then roam around the big garden (almost a park) within the castle. It is very well kept, and very nice. It is a pity that only one building/castle was opened for viewing, wish I could see more. I was interesting to see how Shoguns played such an important role in politics back then, and how they were treated like royalty.

The park is nice to stroll in, especially if the weather is nice and clear. There was a slight short drizzle when I was there but it cleared quickly and made the rest of the walk very pleasant. There is a large cafeteria, and also some tents selling local food and tea. Nice t get a snack while enjoying the scenery,

Took about 1.5 hours, but 2 hours would be nicer to slowly enjoy the park and take more photos.

Definitely a highly recommended stop.

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Reviewed November 18, 2013

While its undoubtedly a popular attraction, and gets it share of bus tours, it doesn't feel too crowded. Take your time to wander along the interior passages, listening to your feet squeak on the nightingale floors and looking at the lovely preserved painted panels in the various rooms.

Don't forget to look up to admire the fantastically patterned ceilings. If you are lucky enough to be here when the leaves are changing red, yellow and gold spend some time walking right through the lovely garden areas.

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