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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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Robinet @TeasetMonster - 2019-01-14
@rachel_suggs In Nagoya we went to Nagoya Castle, Noritake (ceramics), Tokugawa Art Museum and garden, Osu Market,… https://t.co/BUOUKoG4qE
TravelCaffeine.com @TravelCaffeine - 2019-01-13
As huge fans of Kyoto, there's not much about the city that we think is a disappointment. Nijo Castle is one of tho… https://t.co/WqjsgGhFAL
Alex Attard @alexattard - 2019-01-12
Great morning started with another trip on the Shinkansen to Kyoto... went to Nijo castle from where the Shogun rul… https://t.co/WVhJ8INXyn
Sakura House Tokyo @sakura_staff - 2019-01-12
Location convenience is a must when staying in Kyoto. The remarkable entrance to the the Nijo Castle here is just u… https://t.co/nRSRKIf7jo
☆京都が好き☆ @kyotoliker - 2019-01-12
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 - 2019-01-10
A very respectable gate is set up at the entrance of Nijo castle in Kyoto. Do not you care what the inside is like? 
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Juan @JuanStatus90 - 2019-01-10
Crossing the bridge at Nijo Castle in Kyoto.
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Juan @JuanStatus90 - 2019-01-10
The Ninomaru Garden, Nijo Castle in Kyoto.
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RJ Jovellanos @arejayjalepenos - 2019-01-10
Some scenic AF pics from Japan. Shibuya Crossing at New Year's was nuts. Nijō Castle and Kyoto was dope. And bless… https://t.co/tDVwA37fj7
☆京都が好き☆ @kyotoliker - 2019-01-10
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 - 2019-01-08
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
☆京都が好き☆ @kyotoliker - 2019-01-08
Nijo Castle [Kyoto Nakagyo-ku]
Edo shogunate of the beginning and end of the location.
♫♪ Ryan ♪♫ @kurogane - 2019-01-08
Nijō Castle, Kyoto.

More old unprocessed stuff, happy to find more value from these old trips.

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AMIR_Muslim_JAPAN_tourism @AmirTourism - 2019-01-07
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
Joseph Knitt @JPKnitt - 2019-01-06
@TravelYesPlease Nijo Castle at night is hard to beat! https://t.co/0utVZtYTuk
marie ☆ @marie_veg - 2019-01-06
You are not allowed to take pictures in #Nijō Castle (#二条城), but belief me: it's beautiful inside!
Beautiful carvi… https://t.co/M8LJooTJ5u
AMIR_Muslim_JAPAN_tourism @AmirTourism - 2019-01-05
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
C.J. Kobata @KobataC - 2019-01-05
At the gate of Nijo-jo castle, they set a pair of big kadomatsu decorations. Kadomatsu is traditional Japanese deco… https://t.co/G3usx65j2q
C.J. Kobata @KobataC - 2019-01-05
On the way to Mibu Dera temple, I dropped by Nijo-jo castle to make sure if they are ready to start New Year. Parti… https://t.co/Kfr2HZnMif
Randy Manna @Funthaiguy - 2019-01-05
Tex's Early Birthday Dinner #36yearsold #redvests #family @ Nijo Castle https://t.co/ya8U6qETb4
Arigato Japan @Japanfoodtour - 2019-01-04
Sakura season is short in #Japan, be sure to book our Hanami Food tour before it's too late. Cherry Blossoms season… https://t.co/1B7TEmZxxo
Talking Sloth @horatio_sanchez - 2019-01-04
And that concludes my pictures of Nijo Castle. Great place lots of nice trees, the building was cool too I guess. https://t.co/qRLMuLjMGS
☆京都が好き☆ @kyotoliker - 2019-01-04
Nijo Castle [Kyoto Nakagyo-ku]
Edo shogunate of the beginning and end of the location.
☆京都が好き☆ @kyotoliker - 2019-01-03
Nijo Castle [Kyoto Nakagyo-ku]
Edo shogunate of the beginning and end of the location.
🍆Dechanique🍆 @dechanique - 2019-01-03
Clean scans of this and my Nijō Castle drawings, along with some Japan photos, are posted with early access to my P… https://t.co/4hD5eEMLkD
Seeing Japan @Seeing_Japan - 2019-01-02
KYOTO TRAVEL GUIDE: Nijo-jo Castle Kyoto Travel Guide KYOTO TRAVEL GUIDE: Nijo-jo Castle Hours 8:45am-last entry 4:… https://t.co/xZ36FOX980
☆京都が好き☆ @kyotoliker - 2019-01-02
Nijo Castle [Kyoto Nakagyo-ku]
Edo shogunate of the beginning and end of the location.
☆京都が好き☆ @kyotoliker - 2019-01-01
Akari design studio [Kyohei Fujisawa]
Built in '90, I could Japanese paper lighting handmade experience in near Nijo Castle townhouses.
🇮🇹🇫🇷しらとりれな🇯🇵🇬🇧 Global Communication Lena @discoverjapann1 - 2019-01-01
Happy New Year 2019

Tanyu Kano
Pine and Eagle

Tanyu Kano: 1602 - 1674) Early in the Edo period. As a painter of… https://t.co/qBsnEfrI2o
🇮🇹🇫🇷しらとりれな🇯🇵🇬🇧 Global Communication Lena @discoverjapann1 - 2019-01-01
Happy New Year 2019

Tanyu Kano
Pine and Eagle

Tanyu Kano: 1602 - 1674) Early in the Edo period. As a painter of… https://t.co/qBsnEfrI2o

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