Originally built in 1603 and holding World Heritage Site status, Nijo Castle presents an exemplary look at Japanese feudal architecture. The castle served as a residence to the first Edo shogun, Tokugawa Ieyasu, and the complex contains two concentric circles of moat and wall fortifications, surrounding the central palace and auxiliary buildings. Observe the sound you make as you walk through the corridors connecting various buildings on the "nightingale floors" designed to make noise and warn guards against intruders. Put Nijo Castle into our Kyoto road trip site and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
Tours to Nijo Castle
1-Day Kyoto Highlight Tour (with National Licensed English Guide) BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $133
Duration: 10 hours
Kyoto and Nara Day Trip from Kyoto including Nijo Castle BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $148
Duration: 11 hours
Nijo Castle Reviews
I really enjoyed my visit to Nijo -ji and its gardens. It's a very big complex and the walking route is pretty long. Take your time and drink it in! It costs 1000 yen to enter but in my opinion it's w... more »
400 años de historia. Inaugurado por Tokugawa Leyasu, quien unificó al Japón. El castillo fue residencia de los Shogunes cuando visitaban Kioto y aquí en 1867 el 15avo Shogun Se notificó el fin de los... more »400 years of history. Inaugurated by Tokugawa Leyasu, who unified Japan. The castle was the residence of the Shoguns when they visited Kyoto and here in 1867 the 15th Shogun It was notified of the end of the shogunates and political control was returned to the emperor. This is where the Menji period began. Ninomaru Palace is a visit that should not be stopped.
Worth a visit. I think the entrance fee is 260¥ and cheaper for school kids. It is also worth to hire the audio guide. You can't take photos inside the castle. We were there in winter so the garden was not at its peak. Nonetheless, I enjoyed the scenery. It's a bit of history worth noting.
It is a good place to take time and go around. The building and little waterway look beautiful. The castle has a little yard inside that is good to sit down and relax. The building itself offers plenty to see. It is not famous compared to other castles like osaka but this place is far more attractive. Go visit this place if you have time.
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