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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

TweetsTweets

AMIR_Muslim_JAPAN_tourism @AmirTourism - 2019-07-17
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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Funnel Cakes Rule! @SumoYokai - 2019-07-15
@heatherjochens I *love* Nijo castle.
Heather Jochens @heatherjochens - 2019-07-15
Tea time at Nijo Castle! A bit disappointed that I couldn't make the matcha myself as I ordered it cold but it was… https://t.co/g3B1B2eUpg
Kefli Nawawi @kefli_nawawi - 2019-07-15
Travelling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.

#KefliTakesJapan #nijocastle #Japan 🇯🇵… https://t.co/cc9wBhMbiv
AMIR_Muslim_JAPAN_tourism @AmirTourism - 2019-07-14
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
AMIR_Muslim_JAPAN_tourism @AmirTourism - 2019-07-11
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
Japan Trip Guide @JapanTripGuide1 - 2019-07-09
It is a photograph that Nijo Castle in Kyoto is lit up. It is fantastic that the castle is lighted up!

#japan… https://t.co/dlg77rej0v
Sara._.♡ @sara0507_ - 2019-07-09
This is a picture of Nijo Castle that I took on my school trip :)
It's very beautiful🥺
I want to visit Kyoto again!… https://t.co/IE9QmHJUa3
shoko @JapanTripGuidee - 2019-07-09
It is Nijo Castle in Kyoto, Japan. It is so fantastic at the sunset.

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shoko @JapanTripGuidee - 2019-07-09
It is a photograph that Nijo Castle in Kyoto is lit up. It is fantastic that the castle is lighted up!

#japan… https://t.co/dlg77rej0v
虚構CUBE新聞 @FakeCUBE_NEWS - 2019-07-07
Shinji Mochizuki(望月真司) (from Japan) just got the insect catching PR (2Dragonfly,2butterfly) at Nijo-castle Park https://t.co/vdPePaDUXW
kash @kashif__bhai - 2019-07-06
@nahkrou Where are you staying? If you have time, miyajima and naoshima are really nice islands for day trips, both… https://t.co/ByAWv1szpB
Adventures in Kyoto @KyotoDailyPhoto - 2019-07-04
For anyone wishing to check out the original site of the Gion Goryo-e, Shinsen-en garden is just south of Nijo Cast… https://t.co/b4I6bdp5BW
Food Tours Japan @FoodToursJapan - 2019-07-04
Special summer breakfast set offered at Kyoto's Nijo Castle teahouse till 30 September https://t.co/fqLdVSA2lMhttps://t.co/5A0lywBYWo
Gwendolyn @gwendolyn_me - 2019-07-04
I'd just sit here and wait..
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AMIR_Muslim_JAPAN_tourism @AmirTourism - 2019-07-02
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
Hubert Wong @Hubert_Wong2 - 2019-07-02
Nijo-jo (Nijo Castle), built by the shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu in 1603 in Kyoto as a sign of his military might and pol… https://t.co/qm8ROCxpvl
Jeremiah Payne @PastCactusJack - 2019-07-02
@CraigSkitz Kyoto. There is so much to see and do there. From the 500 year old Nijo Castle to the more modern Manga… https://t.co/rOOENbT6Pb
🎃👻🌜 SPOOP HOUR🐺💀🔮 @spoophour - 2019-07-02
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Mulboyne @Mulboyne - 2019-07-01
For the first time, a teahouse in the gardens of Nijo Castle will open to the public. You can have a 3,000 yen beak… https://t.co/idWaoujjyH
Paul Carty @kyotopaul - 2019-07-01
Nijo Castle, Nice breakfast service until Sept 30.
Special summer breakfast set offered at Nijo Castle teahouse:Th… https://t.co/AsusyFsgh1
TravelCaffeine.com @TravelCaffeine - 2019-07-01
We're huge fans of Kyoto, but Nijo Castle is not one of the reasons why. It's fine, but not as impressive as its na… https://t.co/XZB2TASGLy
ethereal spirits @etherealspirits - 2019-07-01
If I had the time I would. Nijo Castle is a very interesting place to visit. https://t.co/upbRtHmCkA
shin yamamoto @alrequino - 2019-07-01
Special summer breakfast set offered at Nijo Castle teahouse:The Asahi Shimbun:The Asahi Shimbun https://t.co/7oSL4UPdEG
Abhishek G. Bhaya @abhishekbhaya - 2019-06-29
Built in 1603, the Nijo Castle records the history of Tokugawa shogunate that fell in 1867 following which the cast… https://t.co/VtIP56DcGw
mogana_kyoto @KyotoMogana - 2019-06-24
The brown building is MOGANA.
The greenery behind is Nijo castle in Kyoto, where we get in 7minutes on foot.… https://t.co/4OaGmzrpbd
A@58Days @Updosmackdown - 2019-06-23
@sixxthreenine Genuinely just taking an hour or two to wander around is worth it. There are a bunch of free museum… https://t.co/eYkRETQwjN
A@AX @Updosmackdown - 2019-06-23
@sixxthreenine Genuinely just taking an hour or two to wander around is worth it. There are a bunch of free museum… https://t.co/eYkRETQwjN
A@BRB @Updosmackdown - 2019-06-23
@sixxthreenine Genuinely just taking an hour or two to wander around is worth it. There are a bunch of free museum… https://t.co/eYkRETQwjN
A@FFXIVSpoilers @Updosmackdown - 2019-06-23
@sixxthreenine Genuinely just taking an hour or two to wander around is worth it. There are a bunch of free museum… https://t.co/eYkRETQwjN

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