We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Nijo Castle

Closed Now: 08:45 - 16:00
Open today: 08:45 - 16:00
Book In Advance
7 050
All photos (7 050)
Full view
Certificate of Excellence
Traveller Overview
  • Excellent49%
  • Very good38%
  • Average11%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“wall paintings”(96 reviews)
“audio guide”(138 reviews)
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...more
Closed Now
Hours Today: 08:45 - 16:00
See all hours
As featured in 3 Days in Kyoto
541 Nijojocho, Nijodori Horikawa-nishiiru, Nakagyo, Kyoto 604-8301, Kyoto Prefecture
City Centre
+81 75-841-0096
Ways to Experience Nijo Castle
from US$34,50
More Info
from US$59,90
More Info
from US$99,80
More Info
from US$121,00
More Info
Reviews (6 246)
Filter reviews
3 412 results
Traveller rating
1 713
1 243
Traveller type
Time of year
More languages
1 713
1 243
Show reviews that mention
All reviews nightingale floors wall paintings audio guide squeaky floors japanese history remove your shoes edo period imperial palace gardens are beautiful worth a visit world heritage site main building walk around cherry blossoms rainy day kyoto station shogun
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 3 412 reviews
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Its a small but beautiful castle as compared to other castles in Japan Nicely lit at night time Easiest way to reach is again by city bus Recommend to buy one day bus pass

Thank Nikhill3
Reviewed 6 days ago

It's ideal to go to a place like Nijo-jo on your own and without a time constraint. That allows a person to stop and soak it in... and not just quick it the quick overview and move on. Such a place deserves time...something many tourists...More

Thank KatharineCoeur
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Impressive entrance gate and beautiful gardens. It was busy when we went but lots of ground to cover so it didn’t feel crowded. The Ninomaru palace was definitely worth a visit. Although most rooms are empty you can see the beautiful wall paintings of tigers,...More

Thank SGC60
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Like all Japanese gardens it is immaculate and clean making it a very pleasant walk even despite the drizzle

Thank E3614XHsusanb
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This castle has beautiful gardens that were so well maintained. We were able to walk around the whole castle in about 45 minutes. Definitely recommend coming here. There is a 600 JPY fee to get in to this place.

Thank Adventurer672172
Reviewed 1 week ago

Sadly only in Kyoto for the day and so didn't have enough time to do the guided tour (2000yen) or wanted to commit to buying the audioguide (500yen). There is a map with some information and a free audio guide app you can download onto...More

Thank Karina K
Reviewed 1 week ago

The magnificent entrance gate wasn't used for 200 years as it was the entrance only for the Emperor. Inside the "castle" are magnificent reproduction wall paintings in rooms where the Shogun met his trusted samurai warriors. Some of the painting are of fierce tigers and...More

Thank foxylady23
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Enjoyed walking around the castle and gardens. You must walk around the villa inside (you have to take your shoes off). The floorboards creak and sound like crickets. There are beautiful painted screens in every room, Gives you an idea of how the Shoguns lived....More

Thank suzieL40
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited early in the morning before it got crowded. This is a very informative site, where you can learn about the Shogun history. Highly recommend.

1  Thank John_from_VA
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is one of my top favorite sites in Kyoto. A very beautiful castle with picturesque garden, rich history and a large compound to see. I wished I had more time there ! Highly recommended!

1  Thank greenerie
View more reviews
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
Nearby HotelsSee all 47 nearby hotels
ANA Crowne Plaza Kyoto
1 595 reviews
.21 km away
Hotel Liondor
36 reviews
.35 km away
Nazuna Kyoto Nijojo
55 reviews
.37 km away
Kyoto Horikawa Inn
45 reviews
.44 km away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 1 361 nearby restaurants
Rose Room
15 reviews
.16 km away
37 reviews
.24 km away
Cafe & Restaurant Cozy
46 reviews
.20 km away
Menya Shichifukujin, Horikawaoike
136 reviews
.25 km away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 193 nearby attractions
Nijo Jinya
27 reviews
.31 km away
Nijo-jo Castle English Guided Tour
9 reviews
.06 km away
96 reviews
.27 km away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
Chen Y
29 November 2018|
AnswerShow all 7 answers
Response from MelaniaC88 | Reviewed this property |
Closed Tuesdays in January, July, August and December (or following day if Tuesday is a national holiday), December 26 to January 4
21 September 2018|
AnswerShow all 6 answers
Response from Adrian W | Reviewed this property |
I would definitely check in advance as I didn’t see elevators and as others have said there are some steps steps when entering interiors.
7 July 2018|
AnswerShow all 4 answers
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