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“A Great Castle - Worth the Visit”
Review of Nijo-jo Castle

Nijo-jo Castle
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 26 July 2014

The whole castle and grounds were much larger and grander than we expected and therefore were pleasantly surprised. The stories about the arrow competitions at the end helped to give an even broader view about the castle's history. Grounds are wonderful, castle is superb, gardens are beautiful. As it is so large it doesn't feel crowded even though there are many people there. Definitely take the time to visit - well worth it..

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Reviewed 25 July 2014

When I came here I bought the audio guide, which was a good decision as there are no signs or anything explaining what you are looking at. The castle looks great from the outside, and it's interesting to see the inside.

The audio guide was of pretty poor technical quality and some times it was hard to hear what they said. For me there was way to much emphasis on the art history and architecture. I am less interested in the measurements of the room, or who painted the wall paintings and in which style. I want to know about the people who lived here! How was life in a feudal Japanese castle? Where did they sleep, how was the food prepared, what did they wear, what did the children get up to in their daily life? How did the politics work? There was no information like that, and I got no sense of how life there would have been. And I missed that. But if you're into art history and architecture, this will probably be interesting for you.

There were some interesting bits though, like the squeeky floors. And it was not at all crowded so you could stroll around at your own leisure. Also very cheap to get in.

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Reviewed 25 July 2014

Fantastic castle, larger than I expected. The garden is very beautiful with great water features. Didn't get a chance to go in but just the outside alone is worth going. I spent over four hours just the outside and wish I had the time to visit the art gallery. Well, next time.

Thank tuitai
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Reviewed 24 July 2014

This is more grand than the emperor's palace, and for good reason why. Tokugawa family controlled Japan for 250+ years and Nijo Castle was where the head of family stayed. The sakura at Nijo castle is very famous and beautiful as well!

Thank Draxir
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Reviewed 22 July 2014

my family only had half day to spend in Kyoto (as pass through) and this is the only place we really went to. it does not earn the world heritage for no reason, this is where you dip into japanese Samurai history where they reproduced the scene when the Japanese Emperor went out of his Palace in Kyoto to come to Nijojo to meet the Shogun - Tokugawa Ieyasu, and those amazing ancient time paintings throughout the entire visit.

600 Yen per adult and it is totally worth the trip!

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