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Nijo Castle

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Historical ArchitectureUNESCO World Heritage-Cultural Site    
Recommended sightseeing time: 2-3 hours
Address: 541, Nishijo Castle, Kawasaki, Nakagawa, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto
Phone: +81-75-8410096

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Nijō Castle is a flatland castle in Kyoto, Japan. The castle consists of two concentric rings (Kuruwa) of fortifications, the Ninomaru Palace, the ruins of the Honmaru Palace, various support buildings and several gardens. The surface area of ​​the castle is 275,000 square meters (27.5 ha; 68 acres), of which 8,000 square meters (86,000 sq ft) is occupied by buildings.

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Once the acting residence of the Tokugawa shoguns while in Kyoto, Nijo Castle is also serves as a symbol of the power of the Tokugawa Shogunate. The castle is surrounded by high walls and a moat, with the inside rooms connected by a corridor installed with the famous "nightingale floors". These floors were designed to make a chirping sound when walked upon so as to prevent intruding assassins at night. The castle opens in the evening during cherry blossom season, attracting flocks of visitors to view the magnificent cherry blossom trees.
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Getting Around

By Subway: Take the Tozai Line and get off at Nijo Castle Square Station.
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