Nijō Castle

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place541 Nijōjōchō, Nakagyō-ku, Kyōto-shi, Kyōto-fu 604-8301, Japan
phone+81 75-841-0096
Nijō Castle


Kyle Rodgers / KyroKyro

Great place to spend an afternoon. Beautiful gardens and structures. You get a real taste of how the shoguns used to live many years ago, and almost feel like you are retracing there steps as you walk through the gardens and buildings. I loved it. Even though it was a tad busy at times. Maybe head there early morning as mid afternoon was swamped.

Ingo Kehrbaum

Awesome gardening in a wide area connected to the castle buildings and the huge moat. If you enjoy the Japanese art of making things look neat, you may easily spend a few hours in here and take approximately a million photos. The Nijō Castle has been designated as a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO and is one of the seventeen Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto.

KH Wong

A worthwhile visit and one could easily spend a few hours seeing the palace and wondering around the spacious castle. The main gate is currently under restoration, so one have to enter through the smaller south gate. Really like the wall paintings in those rooms. Note that no photography is allowed inside the palace. Ceiling paintings are exquisite. The intricate details and carvings of the gates are lovely. Although they are many tourists, the ground is large enough for you to find a corner to sit back and slow down, taking in the experience.

anna l

We went to Nijo Castle on our last day. The entrance was cheap, 600 yens (£4) for adults and kids below 6 years old are free. This is an eye opener experience. It was lovely to see the historic building where samurais meet. The garden was landscapes so intricately that pictures just have to be taken. Whenever you are in Kyoto, make sure you visit this place and take advantage of their souvenir shops (cheap items here compared to other shops in Kyoto) and their free stamp area.

C.M. R.P.

Very educational; I especially loved how they set up each castle room so you can see how the Shogun and various parties would've used them. Lots of interesting information about the historical architecture and deliberate use of certain images in certain rooms. An absolute must-see.
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