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Nijo-jo Castle

541 Nijojo-cho, Horikawa-nishiiru, Nakagyo, 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, Nakagyo, Kyoto 604-8301, Kyoto Prefecture
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"nightingale floors"
in 265 reviews
"wall paintings"
in 95 reviews
"ninomaru palace"
in 90 reviews
"audio guide"
in 133 reviews
"squeaky floors"
in 44 reviews
"japanese history"
in 88 reviews
"remove your shoes"
in 52 reviews
"edo period"
in 42 reviews
"gardens are beautiful"
in 46 reviews
"worth a visit"
in 113 reviews
"world heritage site"
in 38 reviews
"main building"
in 42 reviews
"cherry blossoms"
in 65 reviews
"walk around"
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"rainy day"
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"kyoto station"
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Beautiful interiors and paintings inside. Lovely gardens and grounds. Surprisingly cool inside though the weather was really hot outside.

Thank Karen D
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Reviewed yesterday

The highlight of the visit was definitely the walk-around inside the castle, especially walking on the squeaking nightingale-floor. The grounds are pretty amazing too.

Thank Martin Stigaard S
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This is a CASTLE. On our trip to Japan we saw many temples and shrines which we enjoyed. However, Nijo-jo Castle stood above all else in it's grander and place within Japan's history of ruling the region. English placards provide explainations as you walk through...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago

A nicely presented and enjoyable variety visit in the face of insatiable temples/shrines. Though sparsely furnished and a little clinical the history and feel of the place is satisfying and nicely assists engagement with cultural Japan. It is quite a large complex and worth your...More

Thank MCW_Penguin
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Learned a lot from reading the brochure before the tour but all of the details the guide told us about the art and design was valuable. Nice air-conditioned cafe/gift shop just around the corner to the right of the main gate.

Thank cindy r
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Reviewed 6 days ago

A must see attraction dating from times when Kyoto was a capital of Japan. In this nicely kept castle, you must visit wearing slippers but bare feet is also allowed. Due to heavy rain I have not seen the garden this time.

Thank Mojca420
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I really enjoyed my visit to the castle, it only cost ¥600 and was well worth it. The day I went it was very hot, so be sure to bring some water or Pocari Sweat! The castle itself was very unique, traditional and well worth...More

Thank Adam S
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I recommend paying for the audio tour to learn about the place. We love the architecture, decor, nightingale floors and gardens. It's one of our favorite places in Kyoto. There is a tea house in the gardens that we highly recommend if you need a...More

1  Thank Begonia B
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Inside the castle has been fully restored. Great explanations of artwork and architecture referring to history and shogun culture

Thank Kody W
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were lucky enough to visit with a guide who explained so much about the purpose of the rooms where the Diamos would wait to see the Shogun. It was amazing to walk on the Nightingale floors after reading about them. The art on the...More

Thank catherine B
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City Center
No district of Kyoto is quite as representative of its
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goods offerings. When it grows dark, the City Center
is a hip spot for nightlife, alive with bars and
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jantoby1
7 July 2018|
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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
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map33
15 October 2017|
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Response from Ric G | Reviewed this property |
Weekends may be more crowded, but I've been there a few times, even at the height of cherry blossom season in April the crowds were always manageable. You'll be visiting at the beginning of the rainy season and after Golden... More
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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
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