Nijo Castle

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541 Nijojo-cho, Kyoto, Japan

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tlenot tlenot
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Nijo Castle Oct 28, 2014
Nijo Castle unlike Osaka Castle is not turn into a museumm so you get a feel of what it was actually like back then. You have to take off your shoes and you can see the wood floors and everything in the castle is mostly if not all original and old. The garden was very beautiful too. You can expect lots of tourists and if you go there during school time, you get to walk around with the kids on their field trip. Worth checking out if you have extra time in Kyoto. Plus with all the sightseeings in Kyoto, you can easily fit it into your schedule along with the other sights.
Entrance to the castle.
Garden.
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Andy99 Andy99
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Nijojo, Ninomaru Palace, and the Shoguns Mar 24, 2005
Nijo Castle, or Nijojo, was built in 1603 by Tokugawa Ieyasu, founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate. Within its fortified walls is Ninomaru Palace, the residence of the Shoguns. The palace was completed in 1626 by the third Shogun. In 1868, the ceremony abolishing the Shogunate and restoring authority to the Emperor was held at Ninomaru. The castle has been open to the public since 1940.

The castle was both a defense and a residence. Visiting Nijojo today one can learn of feudal Japan and the position of the Shogun. The main gate, the Otemon, leads to an outer courtyard surrounded by stone walls, a moat and four watchtowers (yagura). The palace is situated within an inner courtyard. The ornate Karamon connects the outer and inner courtyards. Ninomaru is built of cypress wood in the architectural style of the Momoyana Period. The wooden peaked roofs gently rise and fall above the courtyard. Inside are 33 rooms. A English language leaflet describes the interior of the palace and the function of the different rooms. Mannequins dressed in period clothing show life at the palace and the Shogun holding court. The famous "nightingale floorboards" still creak as visitors pass over them. (The creaking would warn the Shogun if an enemy was trying to sneak up on him.) Photography is not permitted inside the palace.

Nijo Castle also has a tranquil garden and pond. Just the place for the Shogun to contemplate affairs of state.

Admission is 600 Yen.
Otemon, the entrance to Nijo Castle
Karamon and Ninomaru Palace beyond
Ninomaru Palace
Inner courtyard at Ninomaru Palace
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Dr_Seuss says:
Nice pics to go with the review Andy
Posted on: Jul 30, 2010
vulindlela says:
Nice review, Andrew!
Posted on: Jul 29, 2010
Airportman Airportm…
230 reviews
Beautiful castle and its gardens Jul 18, 2000
The last site we would visit on this was the Nijo Castle. The place was build in 1603 by Tokugawa Ieyasu. The surrounding gardens were constructed in 1626 by Enshu Kobori, shortly before the visit of Emperor Gomizuno-o.

I had been to the castle 2 times. First time in 2000, the second time in 2007. During the first time we walked around the buildings, seeing the Kara Mon (inner gate), the Ninomaru Palace and the Ninomaru Gardens, as well as the Hommaru Palace and the Seiryen Garden.

What I liked the most about the place, were the 2 gardens. Using nothing but the basic elements thta nature has to offer: rocks, sand, trees & bushes and water. I would almost like to say that heaven on earth was created with these 2 gardens. The only bright colours that could be seen where the koi carps.

In 2007 I went tot he castle as part of a morning tour through Kyoto. The group went inside the Ninomaru Palace, but I decided to stay outside. I wanted to see the gardens again. But because it was a morning tour, it was rush, rush, rush. Not enough time to properly see the gardens again.

An entrance ticket costed 600 yen (around 5,50 euro or around 8 US dollars) and it's definitely worth to spend some time there. The castle is beautiful, but the gardens are a must-see!
Nijo Castle map
Kara Mon (Inner Gate - 2000)
Ninomaru Palace (2000)
Ninomaru Palace (2000)
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Airportman says:
You're welcome! :) You will love it!
Posted on: Aug 16, 2011
karenadennischang says:
Thanks for sharing,i think i will plan to japan soon
^_*
Posted on: Aug 16, 2011

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