Nijo Castle

Nijo Castle, Kyoto: Hours, Address, Nijo Castle Reviews: 4.5/5

Nijo Castle
4.5
Points of Interest & Landmarks • Castles
08:45 - 16:00
Monday
08:45 - 16:00
Tuesday
08:45 - 16:00
Wednesday
08:45 - 16:00
Thursday
08:45 - 16:00
Friday
08:45 - 16:00
Saturday
08:45 - 16:00
Sunday
08:45 - 16:00
About
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.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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The area
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Neighbourhood: 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 local watering holes give the Center its youthful vibrancy. In contrast, the quieter areas of the City Center seem a world away, shielded from noise by the foliage of the public gardens and zen spaces surrounding the area's shrines, castles, and the Imperial Palace. These ancient and sacred spots are seamlessly folded into the scenery, providing a respite from the energy of the city, but close enough to put you directly back onto the pulse of the city when you're ready.
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Melinda G
Osaka, Japan444 contributions
Serene
Jan 2021 • Couples
The palace was not open due to the New Year holidays but the garden was open. Most of the buildings were being renovated anyways so we wouldn’t have been able to go inside. It would be worth visiting in the spring or fall to see the cherry blossoms or the fall colours.

It wasn’t crowded and peaceful to walk around.
Written 3 January 2021
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Gregg L
Tucson, AZ245 contributions
Great castle
Nov 2020
Beautiful castle interiors. If only they allowed pictures inside!! There’s a bit of construction / restoration in some areas but the main halls are accessible.
Written 27 November 2020
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Elisabethmh
Oslo, Norway558 contributions
Beautiful surroundings
Nov 2019
Nijo Castle (Nijōjō) and Ninomaru Palace is definitely worth a visit while staying in Kyoto. The garden is simply stunning! Nijōjō was built in 1603 for the first Shogun during the Edo period, Leaysu. It was eventually donated to the city of Kyoto and is now on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Written 8 October 2020
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TulRocK
Samut Prakan, Thailand32 contributions
Great castle
Nov 2019 • Couples
It’s highly recommended to visit. The floor inside the castle will generate the sound when you step on. It shows how smart they are to design this place.
Written 1 October 2020
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Rumples
Tucson, AZ10,815 contributions
Fun To Wander Through
Oct 2019
We visited this early 17th-century castle on a rainy October afternoon and the weather failed to deter a huge number of tourists. But most people chose to spend their time in buildings so we had the gardens mostly to ourselves. Designed in the Japanese Zen Buddhism style, these stunning green spaces, complete with water features, appear throughout the castle grounds. The gardens proved to be most enjoyable for a stroll, even in the rain, and worked well with the castle's two palaces, Ninomaru-goten and Honmaru-goten.

Only Ninomaru-goten was open during our visit.The absolutely magnificent Karamon Gate stands at the entrance to this palace and proved to be one of the major highlights for us. Enormous, it features golden carvings, depicting symbols of longevity, such as cranes and plum blossoms. The palace consists of six connected buildings with more than 3,600 wall paintings. The artwork throughout is truly spectacular. Walking on the floorboards in the palace corridor causes a squeaking sound and was installed so the shogun could hear intruders.

Though there are audio guides available and tours in English, we found the English-language signs and information booklets given to tourists to be sufficient. We walked to the castle from our nearby hotel, but It can be reached by the Tozai Subway line, Nijojo-Mae station.
Written 30 September 2020
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Della G
Coquitlam, Canada808 contributions
Nijo Castle
Dec 2019
One can visit various temples in Kyoto but the ultimate is to visit Nijo Castle. This amazing compound was built in 1603 by the Tokugawa Ieyasu a very powerful shogun. The compound consists of three distinctive area, Ninomaru Palace, the Honmaru compond and the garden area. This castle site has a UNESCO designation. Ultimately this site was ceded to the Imperial family who did reside there until the 1930s. The whole complex is connected via corridors, it is amazing architecture wise and the adjoining garden areas are sublime. The singing nightingale floor is a very unique design in the floor joists of the imperial palace. Apparently this is a common construction method in noble houses and palaces as it serves as a warning of intruders in the compound. This is an amazing UNESCO site to view and definitely belongs in the Top 10 sites to see in Kyoto.
Written 24 August 2020
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HotRodHeart
France119 contributions
A great look at the past
Oct 2019
This place was really nice. The front gate has been restored, and it makes you realize that the worn out wooden look of these temples and buildings we take for granted, and the "zen" and simple feeling resulting from it is far from what it was back then!

The secret of the floor is nice too ;)
Written 7 August 2020
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Maria J
Dublin, OH8 contributions
Castle worth seeing!
Jul 2020
We were excited to see that the audio guides were being offered. They are available in many languages. The guide is so helpful in knowing the history and really what you are seeing. Allow a good 1 1/2 hours to walk it with the guide.
Written 29 July 2020
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Safariholic
Horsham, UK1,926 contributions
Shoes off and Photography NOT allowed
Sep 2019
Since I am a keen photographer, those Strictures negated my interest, and I was beginning to suffer from Temple-itis (there is a finite number of Shrines and Temples that I can visit in any One Day), so I simply walked the grounds, but Her Ladyship did the Inside Tour - nice, interesting, pretty, impressive.

Built circa 1603 by 1st Shogun.

Photogenic in impressive grounds, but beware the crowds, and especially those folks who are totally unaware of anyone, but themselves, of which there is no shortage
Written 25 July 2020
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Oberst v
12 contributions
Beautiful "Administrative" Castle
Jul 2020
Beautiful castle and an example of an "administrative" type castle. The interior rooms are wonderfully decorated. I would recommend going in a different time of year than late July. I can only imagine how beautiful this place would be in spring (Cherry Blossom) or fall (with the leaves changing). It was hot but there is a rest station. Part of the castle is under renovation. We're going back. There is so much we didn't see because it was just too hot and we were pressed for time on this time.
Written 24 July 2020
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