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Nijo-jo Castle

541 Nijojo-cho, Horikawa-nishiiru, Nakagyo, Kyoto 604-8301, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-841-0096
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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 to warn of anyone approaching.
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541 Nijojo-cho, Horikawa-nishiiru, Nakagyo, Kyoto 604-8301, Kyoto Prefecture
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"nightingale floors"
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"japanese history"
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"gardens are beautiful"
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"world heritage site"
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"main building"
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Reviewed 2 days ago

I didn't know what exactly to expect when I was told our next stop was a castle, but it lived up to its name with a moot and tour was informative. To think that these massive structures housed only one family is truly amazing and...More

Thank Ezekiel S
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Nijo Castle in Kyoto is well worth a visit. It was built in 1603 by Tokugawa Ieyasu, and because there was little bombing of Kyoto during the war, it is in near original condition. It is an attractive site and is set out to try...More

Thank Bruce F
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Reviewed 4 days ago

I enjoyed my tour so much because it connects the dots for 350 years of shogunate history. The rooms are painted beautifully and the floor designed to reveal ninja assassins is also fascinating. I think it is appreciated more with a bit of guidance from...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

If this is your first palace of the shogunate it is well worth visiting. The nightingale flooring inside the palace proper is really fascinating, especially considering I thought it had been done on purpose, but according to the guide leaflet it is an outcome unintended!...More

Thank NathalieAndAndrew
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Reviewed 5 days ago

It’s more like a palace, but definitely worth a visit. The interior looks great! Such a pity you can’t take any pictures inside. The garden looks very nice too.

Thank jolav12
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

I made a guided tour at the Shogun residence and paid 20000 yen for it (Ticket not included). I cannot say that I regret it. The tour, although lasting almost 1.5 h, never became boring as the guide meticulously explains the symbolism of drawings, figures...More

Thank Fabio M
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This is absolutely an impressive place. We paid 600yen entrance fee and wandered around the premises without much additional guidance (book, audio guides), sufficient information is placed on signs around the first palace along the fixed walking route. The palace is nice, but many rooms...More

Thank Léon o
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited on a day the main castle was closed. There wasn’t much to do other than walk through the gardens. The architecture is beautiful and the gardens are lovely. Was it worth the price of admission? Probably not. Overall the place was stunning though.

Thank Lydia R
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's UNESCO site, so what to say more. Panels are in japanese, english, chinese, french and spanish. Audio guides are avaliable, but not enought number... Also, the sites could be marked with audio-guide numbers. Staff polite - japanese style!

Thank marijansesvete
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Made the mistake of visiting on a Tuesday. On certain months, they close the main castle on Tuesdays so you cannot enter the main castle, you can only walk the grounds. The grounds were beautiful and immaculately kept, but if you're going to pay the...More

Thank David E
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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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jantoby1
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
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map33
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
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John G
16 February 2016|
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Response from nstravels4 | Reviewed this property |
I expect you wouldn't have any problems. The castle area is only a single level - you are given slippers to walk around inside and then you can walk around the surrounding gardens at your leisure. I only remember one (very... More
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