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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

Paul Pablo Anderson @sawasawasawa68 - 2019-03-25
Today I have no live shows. I decided to stay in Kyoto last night, so today I think I will visit Nijo Castle & Kyot… https://t.co/QiZH4zCMxW
Paul Pablo Anderson @sawasawasawa68 - 2019-03-25
Unfortunately parts of Nijo Castle are having maintenance work, but to keep these heritage sites for future generat… https://t.co/pDdxgGAbaH
Micah Solusod 🌸 @maioceaneyes - 2019-03-24
Nijo castle, built by Ieyasu Tokugawa. A beautiful display of artistry and power. A few of the sakura trees in the… https://t.co/E8bCcDgdMs
Dave Fujita @dave_fujita - 2019-03-23
Day 6: Fushimi Inari Taisha. 1000 gate shrine. Ate lots of great street food!! And then Nijo castle at night. Anoth… https://t.co/CqKpdfrFkD
Dave Fujita @dave_fujita - 2019-03-23
Day 6: Fushimi Inari Taisha. 1000 gate shrine. Ate lots of great street food!! And then Nijo castle at night. Anoth… https://t.co/CqKpdfrFkD
Sanjay Pattani @LeoZeo2 - 2019-03-23
Kyoto - Nijo Castle, where the Samurai way was born and ended. Limited pictures due to restrictions. Floorboards so… https://t.co/Iqez3oEdLU
AMIR_Muslim_JAPAN_tourism @AmirTourism - 2019-03-22
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
Josh Charles @MrJoshCharles - 2019-03-22
@KenMarino Nijo Castle in Kyoto is cool. Kyoto is beautiful across the board. Special place.
Marlon @MVFVM_ - 2019-03-22
Day 4: so today was the last day in Osaka and we finished it up by visiting the golden pavilion and the Nijo castle… https://t.co/gNpU55MkOD
The best cacti daughter @ Japan @suggestivecacti - 2019-03-22
Nothing super exciting today, just some Nijo-castle, and a cute garden in a cafe I had lunch, which was previously… https://t.co/tIUqwDayjX
re-how.net @rehownet2 - 2019-03-22
【Naked Co., Ltd.】 Naked × World Heritage Site Kyoto Nijo Castle, Cherry Blossom Festival of Tradition and Innovation https://t.co/ql4Kuhf5tX
☆京都が好き☆ @kyotoliker - 2019-03-22
Akari design studio [Kyohei Fujisawa]
Built in '90, I could Japanese paper lighting handmade experience in near Nijo Castle townhouses.
17's Ange in 🇯🇵 Sleepless in 🌌 @coldartistg - 2019-03-21
Day 5: Kyoto 🌸
Took the train in the morning onto my next step ! I had the BEST MEAL EVER of traditional Kyoto food… https://t.co/gULsa68M9K
Colbydude @ 🇯🇵 @Colbydude - 2019-03-21
Day 7 of Japan:
- Went to Fukushima Inari shrine and hiked a bit
- Toured around Nijo Castle
- Checked into our sec… https://t.co/Ey573hFwGi
Dr. George Yagi Jr. @gyagi_jr - 2019-03-21
Inside the gardens at Nijo Castle. #NijoCastle #Kyoto #Japan #Japanese #Tokugawa #Samurai #Shogun #Daimyo https://t.co/vZbIDnn2B6
The Real Japan @TheRealJapan1 - 2019-03-21
I just added a new Pin to Japan : Kyoto: Gardens at Nijo Castle, Kyoto, Japan #garden #castle #kyoto #kansai #Japan… https://t.co/tL4NtalJRk
Tom James, The Daigo Umehara of Dating Sims @iiotenki - 2019-03-21
Taking a work break to hang out at Nijo Castle, one of the old stomping grounds of your friends and mine, the Tokug… https://t.co/Dphp0Jeqkt
AMIR_Muslim_JAPAN_tourism @AmirTourism - 2019-03-20
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 - 2019-03-19
Nijo Castle [Kyoto Nakagyo-ku]
Edo shogunate of the beginning and end of the location.
ゆるフルケイスケ⛵️🍊 @LIEDERKLANNAD - 2019-03-19
@SeN_Yousoro Nijo Castle is not a place like one day.
🌙⛵️SeN🍊@大阪と関西 03/22~03/29 @SeN_Yousoro - 2019-03-19
@LIEDERKLANNAD how many hours does Nijo Castle take to visit in every part of the castle?
🌙⛵️SeN🍊@大阪と関西 03/22~03/29 @SeN_Yousoro - 2019-03-19
@LIEDERKLANNAD i have a plan to go to Nijo castle, Nishiki Market is about 2.7 km away. . .
🌙⛵️SeN🍊@大阪と関西 03/22~03/29 @SeN_Yousoro - 2019-03-19
@LIEDERKLANNAD my plan on 3/23
nijo castle 8.45-12.00
Kinkakuji 13.50-15.00
(after 15.00 there are plans to go to m… https://t.co/0Yh6rB2cZm
The Real Japan @TheRealJapan1 - 2019-03-18
I just added a new Pin to Japan : Gardens: Gardens at Nijo Castle, Kyoto, Japan #garden #castle #kyoto #kansai… https://t.co/Yk1twUXPqQ
Chibura @chiburahakkai - 2019-03-17
Someone fell on the ground and was taken in the photo so there is this smiley face to cover the loser... oh and hel… https://t.co/XzYBawCfRS
☆京都が好き☆ @kyotoliker - 2019-03-17
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 - 2019-03-16
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
James Moar @jamesmoar - 2019-03-16
@FrogCroakley Maybe less whimsical than you might think — nightingale floors were intended as intruder alarms. (Tho… https://t.co/oDhp0WhTB1
유치즈 🧀 @iljinah - 2019-03-16
What’s recommended area to stay in Kyoto? As first traveller — i have only ever stayed by nijo castle https://t.co/5pvDQEyHWJ
EPCATDork @EPCATDork - 2019-03-15
I visited Nijo Castle yesterday. It was originally built in the 1600’s for the Shoguns. The complex is huge, and ha… https://t.co/gKAE6G5YY9
EPCATDork 🏳️‍🌈 @EPCATDork - 2019-03-15
I visited Nijo Castle yesterday. It was originally built in the 1600’s for the Shoguns. The complex is huge, and ha… https://t.co/gKAE6G5YY9
EPCATDork @EPCATDork - 2019-03-14
@mikeralphhere @GoAwayGreen Make sure to visit Nijo Castle! Only ¥600 per person to get in, and it’s spectacular. I… https://t.co/LvNGDqxzkA
EPCATDork 🏳️‍🌈 @EPCATDork - 2019-03-14
@mikeralphhere @GoAwayGreen Make sure to visit Nijo Castle! Only ¥600 per person to get in, and it’s spectacular. I… https://t.co/LvNGDqxzkA

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