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Nijo-jo Castle, Kyoto

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Originally built in 1603 and holding World Heritage Site status, Nijo-jo Castle presents an exemplary look at Japanese feudal architecture. The castle served as a residence to the first Edo shogun, Tokugawa Ieyasu, and the complex contains two concentric circles of moat and wall fortifications, surrounding the central palace and auxiliary buildings. Observe the sound you make as you walk through the corridors connecting various buildings on the "nightingale floors" designed to make noise and warn guards against intruders. Put Nijo-jo Castle into our Kyoto road trip site and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • This was an additional side trip suggested by our guide , and well worth the trip. Sadly it was raining when we visited , however the castle it's self it worth the trip, and on a good day the gardens ...  more »
  • One of the best castles visited, I still remember the magnificent gardens, rooms, highly recommended, the gates of entrances are spectacular... don't miss it... the interior rooms are empty... e
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  • We have visited around 9 pm, so not yet crowded up there, look to comfortable around. Transom carving of the ninomaru Palace you can visit the garden is great, but this is the technology of Japan! The splendor that was lost. We visited was with elementary school children, but children doing interesting. Doll was placed in the saloon that made the actors in particular, and "in 1867, is the actors' learning 'that is the Shogun Tokugawa Yoshinobu", is so much fun.
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  • A worthwhile visit and one could easily spend a few hours seeing the palace and wondering around the spacious castle. The main gate is currently under restoration, so one have to enter through the smaller south gate. Really like the wall paintings in those rooms. Note that no photography is allowed inside the palace. Ceiling paintings are exquisite. The intricate details and carvings of the gates are lovely. Although they are many tourists, the ground is large enough for you to find a corner to sit back and slow down, taking in the experience.
  • Very educational; I especially loved how they set up each castle room so you can see how the Shogun and various parties would've used them. Lots of interesting information about the historical architecture and deliberate use of certain images in certain rooms. An absolute must-see.
  • Very nice place, I liked the nightingale floor! We went in at 4, having one hour left to look at everything, we just about managed but it would have been nice to have a bit more time. Especially since all the original wall paintings are in a separate building at the moment for which you pay an extra ¥100, we didn't have time for those. There are also booths at the end with food and memorabilia which had closed already. Still a nice experience though!
  • We went to Nijo Castle on our last day. The entrance was cheap, 600 yens (£4) for adults and kids below 6 years old are free. This is an eye opener experience. It was lovely to see the historic building where samurais meet. The garden was landscapes so intricately that pictures just have to be taken. Whenever you are in Kyoto, make sure you visit this place and take advantage of their souvenir shops (cheap items here compared to other shops in Kyoto) and their free stamp area.
  • Really cool tourist spot! I like how you were able to enter the palace and see all the rooms and art work. It was very informative! They’ve done an amazing job restoring the place. The one draw back was the number of tourists that came. It was very crowded and noisy the day we went.

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Kyoto spoils visitors for choice when it comes to good accommodations, offering everything from traditional ryokans to luxury Western-style hotels. In a city used to receiving foreign travelers, you'll find that most establishments know exactly what to offer tourists and how to help newcomers to the area. To avoid paying premium prices during the cherry blossom season, consider staying in Osaka, located just a 30-minute train ride away. If you must stay in Kyoto itself, keep in mind that centrally located hotels charge more than those in the outer neighborhoods.
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