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Nijo-jo Castle, Kyoto

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Originally built in 1603 and holding World Heritage Site status, Nijo-jo 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-jo Castle into our Kyoto road trip site and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • Interesting castle in Kyoto. Able to walk through to view rooms up close although many would be enclosed and you can only walk past to look in. Nice gardens.  more »
  • In January, visited the shrine. Excursion since elementary school. First of all, to the height of a parking fee stunned. What charge will 2-hour 1200 yen. Taking such exorbitant fees paid so little past the 2-hour parking fees are 1600 yen, some facilities of the city. Even in the famous temples and shrines 2 hours 600 Yen's rate. Public parking nearby is still cheaper. Castle are on the lookout for of the watchful eyes of everyone there seems to city officials. To note, I fall out of line and flew immediately. Offender treatment to not have anyone feelings destroy valuable cultural assets. Identify with is the dining room. So I ate the buckwheat noodles in the shop because it was lunch time so buckwheat or nasty. JR station is much more delicious. It was 880 yen. Asked two balls were angry because what nichirei frozen onigiri. One sells 20 yen at 90 yen. I think this can do in Kyoto and pathetic. Where many foreign tourists visit as Japanese embarrassed at such a thing. On the other hand, if the Imperial Palace parking fee: 600 yen. Admission is free of charge. Officials of the imperial household Agency and is from time to time information he is. Admission is also quite free. Security guards and staff a little outside the range allowed is set separately in if you say nothing. I was asked to go to Kyoto and squeezed to the bone and so much... and it difference between City Hall and the imperial household agency or...
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  • Unesco, perhaps not always a guarantee but in this case I would say that corresponds to reality. A residence of Shogun divided into three areas and with beautiful and manicured gardens. The enriching of this mansion contrasted with the "Imperial Palace", then power symbol. Nightingale floor: nearly a chirp made from the wood of the floor which made it possible to protect yourself from "indiscreet". No photo: maybe you have to understand that some colors you would damage and the ban is not only here but in other temples, other places and not only in Japan; also if all visitors were busy taking pictures would become a visit impossible. So patience! Maybe it would be good to dwell on the history of this beautiful residence.
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  • The Nijō Castle was a major highlight for my time in Kyoto! Excellently preserved grounds, lots of information in English, and absolutely stunning landscape during the autumn! The colors are unreal! I had two experiences here, one at day and one at night. During the day I did the normal museum/exploring the grounds thing. At night though during the time I was there, the Nijō Castle had a special event called the "Art Aquarium". Think of really surreal aquariums, with trippy music, and colorful lighting set against the ancient landscape of the castle. Incredibly fun, strange, yet totally worth it. During the day I rented an audio guide and felt it was worth the money, if only for the reason in that it allowed me to slow down and really enjoy and understand the castle. A lot of the same information is written on the informational guides in each area, yet the audio guide provided some more depth and 'color' to the whole experience. Plus I didn't have to crowd around to read each guide post, and could look at the art and architecture from a good vantage point. The price of admission and renting an audio guide was a bit more than I expected, yet I felt it was mostly good value for the money. The nighttime Art Aquarium was pricey, and felt the cost could be a bit less expensive. Overall I felt both were worth experiencing. If in Kyoto, definitely visit the Nijō Castle! I had a great experience, and take your time exploring the area and taking in the history. Oh! Bring warm socks if visiting during the cold! You have to take your shoes off in order to enter the old building and walk around in it. The floor does get chilly!! You might be in there for as short as 10 minutes or as long as an hour (like me!). Enjoy!
  • A great way to step back in time in Japanese history. Beautiful gardens as well. Be sure to get there before they close the main building to tours at 4pm. Wear some decent socks as well. You'll need to remove your shoes.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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Kyoto spoils visitors for choice when it comes to good accommodations, offering everything from traditional ryokans to luxury Western-style hotels. In a city used to receiving foreign travelers, you'll find that most establishments know exactly what to offer tourists and how to help newcomers to the area. To avoid paying premium prices during the cherry blossom season, consider staying in Osaka, located just a 30-minute train ride away. If you must stay in Kyoto itself, keep in mind that centrally located hotels charge more than those in the outer neighborhoods.
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