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Nijo Castle
Kyoto Top 3 in Important Religious Institution

4.5/5
1,277 Reviews
Historical ArchitectureUNESCO World Heritage-Cultural Site    
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8:45-16:00 (the castle is closed at 17:00); July and August opening hours 8:00-18:00 (the castle is closed at 19:00); September opening hours 8:00-16:00 ( The castle is closed at 17:00)
Recommended Sightseeing Time: 2-3 hours
Address: 541, Nishijo Castle, Kawasaki, Nakagawa, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto
Phone: +81-75-8410096

What people are saying:

Beautiful castle! The contrast between the gold and dark wood is really striking and gardens are so vast and peaceful.

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  • melindag386
    melindag386
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    Serene

    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 ...

    Reviewed on /Date(1609630838000+0800)/
  • GreggL25
    GreggL25
    Provo, Utah, United States
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    Great castle

    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.

    Reviewed on /Date(1606434039000+0800)/
  • Elisabethmh
    Elisabethmh
    Jessheim, Norway
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    Beautiful surroundings

    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...

    Reviewed on /Date(1602102888000+0800)/
  • tulrockz
    tulrockz
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    Great castle

    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.

    Reviewed on /Date(1601512357000+0800)/
  • Rumples
    Rumples
    Tucson, Arizona
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    Fun To Wander Through

    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 g...

    Reviewed on /Date(1601450110000+0800)/

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Introduction

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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