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Nijo Castle

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As featured in 3 Days in Kyoto and 3 other guides
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Address: 541 Nijojo-cho, Horikawa-nishiiru, Kyoto 604-8301, Kyoto Prefecture
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+81 75-841-0096
08:45 - 16:00
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Sun - Sat 08:45 - 16:00

This world heritage site was the home of Tokugawa leyasu, one of the most...

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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Home of a Samuri

Nico castle is very historic and one of the last castles of the Samurai left in Kyoto. Guided tours will give you the most information. Many children come with their class and... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Nico castle is very historic and one of the last castles of the Samurai left in Kyoto. Guided tours will give you the most information. Many children come with their class and have a pencil and paper and ask to interview you so they can practise their English. This is fun and a good chance to interact with sometimes delightfully... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

a MUST see!!! the castle with zen garden was a must see for us...the guide had lots of stories about bthe history of the shogans which made it more interesting

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This place is very easy to travel to as it is located in downtown Kyoto. You will not find the castle itself as magnificent as Osaka or Himeji Castle but the gardens and the castle walls were very beautiful.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This was our 2nd visit to this castle and it was interesting to see the restoration work that has been undertaken on the magnificent gateways leading into the castle. Inside the buildings themselves there is still some restoration work underway so some of the mannequins that we had seen before, depicting court life, were missing. The gardens are amazing and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The castle was definitely one of my Kyoto highlights. The castle itself you get to walk through and has many beautiful paintings and decorations. The gardens are also very beautiful and are a great place to spend a sunny afternoon.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We went here our first day. It was great visit, it wasn't as crowded as some of the other places we visited which was a nice break. The gardens were beautiful, I could only imagine how great this would be to visit in the spring.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

There is nothing left of the castle itself, but the palace and other buildings make this site well worth seeing. Look out for the "nightingale" floor which makes a sound whenever anyone walks on it. Best to avoid the palace on a freezing cold day as you must take off your shoes and walk on the floor in your socks.... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A nice place to walk through the gardens, but like many places in Japan, there is little exploration of the history behind the building, so if you are looking to learn something beyond the superficial you will be disappointed. Still worth the visit; it would be amazing in spring.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Definitely recommend for any first time visitors to Kyoto. Highly recommend paying for the audio guide, was highly informative. Everything at the castle was really well maintained, and well signposted.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful castle - a must visit location. The audio guide is one of the best we have had in Japan - gives a good history of the castle. The castle is huge and has many beautiful rooms/halls.

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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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