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Nijo Castle, Kyoto

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Originally built in 1603 and holding World Heritage Site status, Nijo Castle presents an exemplary look at Japanese feudal architecture. The castle served as a residence to the first Edo shogun, Tokugawa Ieyasu, and the complex contains two concentric circles of moat and wall fortifications, surrounding the central palace and auxiliary buildings. Observe the sound you make as you walk through the corridors connecting various buildings on the "nightingale floors" designed to make noise and warn guards against intruders. Arrange to visit Nijo Castle and other attractions in Kyoto using our Kyoto travel itinerary planner.
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  • August 17, 2017
    Tuesday August's attention! This year alone? Ninomaru Palace interior were non-admission (; ∀;) That is because you can watch the buildings and stone base, relaxed enjoyed 2 hours. Need another hour if I look in? (1) surrender from 7 a.m. the morning (* ninomaru Palace are from 8:45) (2) 22.27, 29, was resting in the Japanese style Cafe, in the public extension are Higashi OTE gate (admission to 300 yen) commentary available from 14:00 surprise! Soft serve ice cream Poker, such as ice mountain highlevel suites Sheng-TSE. Is recommended to take a break. Souvenir was fine.
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  • August 17, 2017
    We visited the castle one morning and had many tourists, which marred a little visit. It is nice.
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  • August 17, 2017
    We very much liked because you can visit the Interior though photos inside cannot be removed. It has impeccable gardens and a panoramic view.
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  • May 3, 2017
    Came around 10 on a Sunday in late April. The flow of the tour is well signed from the east entrance so don't bother reading the program and just do them in order 1-10. Can't take pictures inside the castle and must take your shoes off, rooms are empty but the paintings on the walls and the signage tells a good story to learn a bit of Japanese history from the Shogun period 1600-1800s to the start of the Meiji period. Yes there could be more inside the rooms but the $6 (600 yen) is not a bad price to pay for a hour - hour and a half stroll. Kids will like feeding the carp (100 yen) in the moat of the second palace. The garden is beautiful and happy we went.
  • June 13, 2017
    The palace is a big building with lots of rooms with murals and sliding doors. It's old and completely made out of wood which gives it character, and in a very western and modern Japan it's one of the few things that gives you a sense of the traditional past. I loved to see it, as well as the beautiful gardens outside. It is rather touristy though and we went through it in a long line of photo snapping tourists, all making pictures of the same things but still worth a visit.
  • July 7, 2017
    A tranquil place (even when it's full of tourists) don't expect lots of displays, the attraction is based around the architecture, the grounds and the 'feeling' of being here. The noisy floors (that sounded to us like birds chirping) were interesting. Going in blossom time adds a bit more interest again.
  • April 16, 2017
    We visited on a Monday afternoon and it was not too crowded. It is such a beautiful, historic castle in Kyoto. You must take your shoes off to wander through the main castle building. The rooms are empty, aside from the art on the walks & ceiling. But we really enjoyed imagining what life must have been like living here during the different eras and the history that happened within these walls. There are very lovely gardens with sakura blossoms in the spring, also.
  • July 13, 2017
    The gardens are beautifully presented. Went too early to get into the castle that opens at 9. The water garden on western side is quaint and stunning!

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