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Nijo-jo Castle

541 Nijojo-cho, Horikawa-nishiiru, 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, Kyoto 604-8301, Kyoto Prefecture
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541 Nijojo-cho, Horikawa-nishiiru, Kyoto 604-8301, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-841-0096
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Reviewed 3 days ago

What a magical place, I am sure during the cherry blossom season it would be even more magical. The history and culture of the Japanese people can be seen here. If you are travelling with the elderly can can't do many stairs. I recommend this...More

Thank Golf_Focus
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Arrived in Kyoto from Tokyo on a cold yet clear day in early January .... checked in and then decided to walk to thenCastle on spec ... was a welcome surprise thou it was much colder than anticipated .... (close to if not below 0...More

1  Thank Michael.in.Sydney
Reviewed 5 days ago

Well worth some time to visit this castle in the heart of Kyoto. gardens and fortifications are impressive as well

1  Thank 772Leanne
Reviewed 6 days ago

I have seen a number of castles throughout Japan (including the Himeji) but I would still rate the Nijo-jo as my favourite. This is because it is a very informative about the era and the use of each rooms. The castle is very well maintained...More

Thank AraleMelbourne
Reviewed 6 days ago

Interesting castle in Kyoto. Able to walk through to view rooms up close although many would be enclosed and you can only walk past to look in. Nice gardens.

Thank WayILikeIt
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Amazing castle and must see. We took the English language tour, which I would definitely recommend - gave a great insight into the history and stories behind the buildings, as well as access to a part not open to the general public. Most people's knowledge...More

Thank TW808
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited Nijo-jo castle late afternoon and it was interesting but probably a little dry for the kids. The gardens and palace are quite amazing but a little repetitive. Certainly the cultural heritage and significance of this site make it worth a look but you...More

Thank BigHB
Reviewed 1 week ago

This place, I believe, would satisfy any person's desire to check out a castle. You really get transported back in time walking through the halls of this area. It takes maybe an hour or so to do the whole thing depending how much time you...More

Thank Jon C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A great variation from the Kyoto temple experience: genuine scale castle with full moat & walled fortifications seeped in history (as is virtually everything in Kyoto). Nightingale floorboards fascinating: just wear & tear or a defence against uninvited visitors? Murals quite stunning - no photography...More

Thank bavey
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I’ve been here once about 12 years ago. This was my second time but my boyfriend’s first time to the castle and Japan. He loves his history and Samurai stuff so he really enjoyed seeing this castle. It was $6 per person to enter and...More

Thank TravelWithCameraHI
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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15 October 2017|
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Response from Nahed M | Reviewed this property |
I would think early morning. This is what we did and was reasonable. Lots of tourists in Kyoto but manageable You will enjoy it
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
23 November 2015|
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Response from Arunkhanna2802 | Reviewed this property |
you can take the Tozai Line subway from Karasumaoike station and walk it to the castle from the subway station or a Cab (which can be a bit expensive though) but quicker.