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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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  • Another beautiful castle in Kyoto and worth the visit as it is around the corner from the Imperial Palace. Entry fee is required but cheap and worth it. Lots of school excursions were there on the day...  more »
  • We were in the late afternoon there. Last admission to the castle was 15:45 the Castle closes at 16: 00. connection Can you walk until 5: 00 in the Park.
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  • Slow down time and was closed, so round up and came around. Been enjoying the atmosphere in its own way. It was this is not a good textbook floor planking of the era.
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  • Very impressive! From the front gate of the castle and the surrounding facade, you get a sense for the strength and security present during the Shogunate. The keepers have done a great job of making the tour very informative, bring me back to the time of the shoguns. The grounds are beautiful so make sure to save enough time to walk the full route around. Towards the back of the gardens there is a high wall that you can climb with an amazing view of the grounds in the city beyond it.
  • A nice place to visit in Kyoto. You need to pay an admission fee before stepping on to the castle grounds. Then you loop around before you get to the main area. The staff require you to take off your shoes and place them in some shoe cubbies. Walking through the castle they have plaques that explained the different uses of the rooms. They also had mannequins that gave people a better understanding of the rooms' purpose. There are gardens to walk through and I believe a little rest stop inside the castle grounds
  • Spent a lovely afternoon here. Castle was wonderful. So beautiful and interesting. Especially the Kimono Robot Exhibition towards the end of our tour. . Amazing garments and the way the whole thing was presented with the music too. Superb artistry and robotics. We loved every minute of it all.
  • As with many historical items, photography of the interior here is not allowed. What is a mystery is why this is so when the original interiors have been removed for safe-keeping and reproductions now hang in their place? A visitor would be photographing reproductions. This makes no sense to me. I would've loved to have taken interior shots because the wall coverings radiate natural sunlight, illuminating the rooms in a truly unique fashion. Such a shame! I hope this policy is reconsidered in favor of the visitor. That said, the hallways are on the exterior of the buildings and made of creaky wood deliberately in an early anti-invader security measure -- so that an intruder could be heard by the floor making noise in the hallway. A nice outdoor garden on the property too.
  • Fantastic heritage site. Many people simply take one or two pictures and don't admire the building, but if you look closely you will see small amazing details on the walls, gates, roof. It's really worth just spending a few moments watching the world go by. There is a lovely little restaurant where you can eat inside or outside. Price and food are really good for a lovely meal.
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