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.
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Nijo Castle Reviews
El castillo es precioso, una obra arquitectónica digna de admirar y una puerta grandiosa. Sin embargo, la masificación y el calor no me dejaron disfrutar del lugar. Hay poca sombra y hace mucho calor ... more »The castle is beautiful, an architectural work worth admiring and a grandiose door. However, the overcrowding and heat did not let me enjoy the place. There is little shade and it is very hot throughout the tour, even when you visit it inside. We went in the morning, maybe it would be better to go well early or in the afternoon before it closes. There is a lot of tourist and kids hiking visiting the place.
20数年ぶりに訪れました。京都らしい雰囲気を味わえました。二の丸内の壁画はすばらしいです。日曜日で、8時開館のところ、8時半頃に入りましたがすいていて、ゆっくり見ることができました。本丸は工事中です。 more »I visited here for the first time in 20 years. I was able to taste the atmosphere like Kyoto. The mural in Ninomaruuchi is wonderful. It was Sunday, and it was open at 8 o'clock, but it was late at about eight thirty, and i was able to see it slowly. The main circle is under construction.
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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