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Nijo Castle

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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...more
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541 Nijojocho, Nijodori Horikawa-nishiiru, Nakagyo, Kyoto 604-8301, Kyoto Prefecture
City Centre
+81 75-841-0096
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This castle is a must see in Tokyo not only because of the breathtaking karamon gate but also because is an amazing opportunity to dive into japanese history. The whole area of visit is considerable big, with various pathways through a beautiful garden and the...More

Thank hanna h
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

When the Tokugawa shoguns established themselves in Edo, the imperial court remained in Kyoto. When the Shoguns visited Kyoto they based themselves in Nino Castle. The site is with visiting, with outer wall surrounded by a moat whilst the interior contains a series of reception...More

Thank Dinadan
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Well worth a visit, albeit some areas shut off due to typhoon damage and disappointing can’t take photos in some areas. Beautiful gardens.

Thank glennharrold
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

A must see if you are passing through Kyoto ! Beautiful place! No pictures are allowed inside as it is a sacred place.

Thank MelaniaC88
Reviewed 4 days ago

Apart from the almost constant rain, the garden and inner section of the castle were off limits on the day...we were only advised this AFTER buying tickets about the garden, and NOT AT ALL about the main castle tower until inside the outer walls. Otherwise...More

Thank Gregory394
Reviewed 6 days ago

Constructed in 1603 by the first Shogun of the Edo shogunate it shares a historical moment with the UK's Union of the Crowns with the accession of James VI of Scotland to the thrones of England and Ireland. That is where the similarity ends as...More

Thank I H
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

The tenple is really awesome and beautiful, everything made out of wood, the history really interesting

Thank Elil G
Reviewed 1 week ago

We almost didn't visit. This was our absolute favorite and easily wasted several hours wandering around the castle and its grounds. Do not miss this. From the interior of the castle with the nightingale floors and exquisite design, becomes a stroll that goes on forever...More

1  Thank mw00ding
Reviewed 1 week ago

Spent an hour there as part of a guided 1/2 day tour of Kyoto. We liked having a guide, but it's right in town so I'm sure you can find a train or taxi to get you there and explore on your own. Nice to...More

1  Thank KrispyOhio
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

An impressive set of fortifications and buildings with some nice gardens. We spent around an hour and half which was plenty of time given there are so many other things to see in the area. Take the Metro there the station is right across the...More

2  Thank Barry K
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City Center
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
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21 September 2018|
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Response from nicolemarshall06 | Reviewed this property |
I agree that the magnificence of the castle is best appreciated from outside...just seeing the grandeur of it! As far as I know there are no elevators to see the interior of the castle and there are very steep steps to go... More
8 July 2018|
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Response from nadlaz17 | Reviewed this property |
From memory is was fairly flat. I think there was one attraction with steps but not a lot. Sorry if I’m wrong but I think you’ll be okay
15 October 2017|
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Response from Ric G | Reviewed this property |
Weekends may be more crowded, but I've been there a few times, even at the height of cherry blossom season in April the crowds were always manageable. You'll be visiting at the beginning of the rainy season and after Golden... More