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Nijo Castle

Travel Guide - Nijo Castle

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After the decisive Battle of Sekigahara, Nijo Castle was built in 1603 as the main base in Kyoto for the first Edo Shogun, Tokugawa Ieyasu. The castle's sumptuous construction was intended to emphasize the Tokugawa Shogunate's prestige and to signal the demise of the power of the Toyotomi clan, and even the emperor. After the Ieyasu's death, the third Shogun Tokugawa Iemitsu renovated the castle as it is seen today to welcome Emperor Go-Mizunoo. Like other Japanese castles, Nijo Castle once had a donjon but it was burnt down by thunder in 1750.
The premises of the castle are mainly divided into two sectors: Honmaru-goten Palace (Important Cultural Property) and Ninomaru-goten Palace (National Treasure). After passing through the castle's grand Kara-mon Gate (Important Cultural Property), you will find Kurumayose, the entrance building of Ninomaru-goten Palace. The palace is divided into six buildings (Tozamurai, Shikidai, Ohiroma, Sotetsu-no-Ma, Kuro-Shoin, Shiro-Shoin) with a number of chambers. Access to each building was limited and depended on rank - only those of highest rank, such as chief vassals of the Shogunate, Daimyo feudal lords, and the relatives of the Tokugawa family were permitted into the inner buildings. To safeguard against Ninja and other sneak attacks, "Uguisu-bari (nightingale floors)" were installed in the corridors of the Ninomaru-goten Palace so that intruders can be detected by the floor's squeaking sound when they step on it.
The current neighboring Honmaru-goten Palace used to be the former palace of Katsura-no-miya, a branch of the Imperial Family. The building was moved here from Kyoto-Gyoen in 1894 after the original Honmaru-goten Palace was burnt down by fire during the Edo Period (1603 - 1868).
Nijo Castle was registered as a part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto in 1994.

Opening HoursOpening Hours

  • 8:45 - 17:00 *admission until 16:00

ClosedClosed

  • Tuesdays (January, July, August and December) (or the following day when it falls on a national holiday)

Price / Entrance FeePrice / Entrance Fee

  • 600 yen (General, Adult)
  • 350 yen (Student)
  • 200 yen (Child)

Access / Public TransportAccess / Public Transport

  • Short walk from Nijojo-mae Station on the Kyoto Municipal Subway Tozai Line (T14)

Address / LocationAddress / Location

  • 541, Nijo Jocho, Nakagyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 604-8301

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Erks Garcia @Erksumo28 - 2018-11-21
This first photo would probably look better without these two foreign tourists who were busy taking photos behind m… https://t.co/ME7TJeXSdF
FuriouslyHigh @AcidHaze - 2018-11-21
@AngieOverkill Go to Kyoto, the train journey is wonderful and the city is gorgeous. Nijō Castle is pretty stunning as well.
Christoph Engelbert @noctarius2k - 2018-11-20
@OJessicaNigri I recommend visiting Nijo Castle and the market right below the castle (in between the houses)!
Strider@日本🇯🇵 @Strider_tan - 2018-11-20
Somehow ended up in line to watch a lights spectacle at Nijo castle
Paco @5_0pac - 2018-11-18
Nijo Castle was smackinnnn last night
Roneel Prakash DJ Precaution @DjPrecaution - 2018-11-18
Catching up with big bro and bhabie. @ Nijo Castle https://t.co/Y24m7FB2Xr
☆京都が好き☆ @kyotoliker - 2018-11-18
Nijo Castle [Kyoto Nakagyo-ku]
Edo shogunate of the beginning and end of the location.
The Heart Painter @evelynballin - 2018-11-17
The architectural elements in Japan are magnificent. These will be showing up in my art. I love the intricate detai… https://t.co/595RBN45cJ
Tony Caraballo @TonyCaraballo85 - 2018-11-17
From our first date at Nijo Castle to tonight at Nijo castle, three hours before we go into the hospital to give bi… https://t.co/FJJGAXU1r0
☆京都が好き☆ @kyotoliker - 2018-11-17
Akari design studio [Kyohei Fujisawa]
Built in '90, I could Japanese paper lighting handmade experience in near Nijo Castle townhouses.
アニータ ダス @TheDasAnita - 2018-11-16
Day 20: Kinkakuji and Nijō castle 🏯 Both crowded but incredibly beautiful. Pictures never do justice. Also, can you… https://t.co/MAmndt4g32
絵瑠沙 ⊂(◉‿◉)つ @squeekzoid - 2018-11-15
I went to the Nijo Castle Flowers by Naked light-up event, it was pretty cool https://t.co/wyPpb7CtVo
16x55=28 🍊🇮🇹 @kiraphmi - 2018-11-14
i went to nijo castle yesterday, my mum is terrible at taking photos, out of the 30+ photos she took of me only 1 w… https://t.co/miMUdepX8Z
K's Villa @ks_villa - 2018-11-14
The beautiful illumination show at Nijo Castle.
https://t.co/mCWBZNhFep
Joel Oppenheim @koshered - 2018-11-12
#NijojoCastle #Nijojo #Kyoto First stop of the day was Nijo-jo Castle in the middle of Kyoto. shanioppenheim @ Nijō… https://t.co/GiVQul2eX3
What's up in Kyoto @whatsupinkyoto - 2018-11-12
#Japan on the Move!

Our #kyoto highlight this week is this special exhibition showing phantastic photographs of th… https://t.co/0qR0EUsEEZ
☆京都が好き☆ @kyotoliker - 2018-11-12
Akari design studio [Kyohei Fujisawa]
Built in '90, I could Japanese paper lighting handmade experience in near Nijo Castle townhouses.
AMIR_Muslim_JAPAN_tourism @AmirTourism - 2018-11-11
A very respectable gate is set up at the entrance of Nijo castle in Kyoto. Do not you care what the inside is like? 
https://t.co/nw6vnjQLd3
はやつね@日本🇯🇵 @Hayatsune - 2018-11-11
I was at Nijo Castle today and there was some exhibition by high school students.
It was really cool!
I'll upload t… https://t.co/OjmrQqcXGO
☆京都が好き☆ @kyotoliker - 2018-11-10
Akari design studio [Kyohei Fujisawa]
Built in '90, I could Japanese paper lighting handmade experience in near Nijo Castle townhouses.
Lily 'Bredbeddle' Hawker-Yates @gwenofmonmouth - 2018-11-09
Conwy Castle #Wales beat Sira Fortress & Nijo Castle in the first round of the #castleworldcup! Edward I spent a hu… https://t.co/wElXOP2ZQb
Lily Hawker-Yates @gwenofmonmouth - 2018-11-09
Conwy Castle #Wales beat Sira Fortress & Nijo Castle in the first round of the #castleworldcup! Edward I spent a hu… https://t.co/wElXOP2ZQb
AMIR_Muslim_JAPAN_tourism @AmirTourism - 2018-11-08
A very respectable gate is set up at the entrance of Nijo castle in Kyoto. Do not you care what the inside is like? 
https://t.co/nw6vnjQLd3
Adventures in Kyoto @KyotoDailyPhoto - 2018-11-08
THE TOKUGAWA'S (徳川幕府) SECRET TUNNEL-

Uryuseki (瓜生石-the Gourd Growing Rock) also features in a second legend. Some… https://t.co/4xXJkc1VaX
Maki Terao @makiterao - 2018-11-08
@usedtobefaster @antmccrossan Sorry... that’s Nijo Castle not Imperial Palace! You can walk around inside to hear t… https://t.co/lWl4Csgec9
Mel 「める」 @LuxVesperis - 2018-11-08
@nakedinc's Flowers event at Nijo Castle
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NG Kids Books @NGKidsBks - 2018-11-08
Builders of Japan's Nijo Castle created squeaky floors to prevent intruders from sneaking in. #weirdbuttrue
Paul Hudson @usedtobefaster - 2018-11-08
@makiterao @antmccrossan Yes you’re right I got the name wrong but the bonsai is definitely in the gardens at Nijo… https://t.co/fMLnwpb0p8
Paul Hudson @usedtobefaster - 2018-11-08
@makiterao @antmccrossan Yes you’re right I got the name wrong but the bonsai is definitely in the gardens at Nijo… https://t.co/fMLnwpb0p8
Suna in 🇯🇵 11/2-11/10 @Suna_19 - 2018-11-08
last is Nijo castle.

I find it so interesting to see a shot like this with such a contrast of architecture from th… https://t.co/0gRl1rdvLg
Suna in 🇯🇵 11/29-12/13 @Suna_19 - 2018-11-08
last is Nijo castle.

I find it so interesting to see a shot like this with such a contrast of architecture from th… https://t.co/0gRl1rdvLg
Suna in 🇯🇵 11/29-12/19 @Suna_19 - 2018-11-08
last is Nijo castle.

I find it so interesting to see a shot like this with such a contrast of architecture from th… https://t.co/0gRl1rdvLg
AMIR_Muslim_JAPAN_tourism @AmirTourism - 2018-11-07
A very respectable gate is set up at the entrance of Nijo castle in Kyoto. Do not you care what the inside is like? 
https://t.co/nw6vnjQLd3
Emma Jane Clowes @ep2983 - 2018-11-07
Day 6! This is a long trip! Northwest Kyoto including a bamboo forest, Ryoan-ji rock garden, Omurice for lunch, Gol… https://t.co/pLBQRHgwrx

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