Originally built in 1603 and holding World Heritage Site status, Nijo 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. PutNijo 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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Nijo Castle reviews
Nijo Castle (Nijōjō) and Ninomaru Palace is definitely worth a visit while staying in Kyoto. The garden is simply stunning! Nijōjō was built in 1603 for the first Shogun during the Edo period... more »
It’s highly recommended to visit. The floor inside the castle will generate the sound when you step on. It shows how smart they are to design this place. more »
A beautiful historic Japanese castle over 400 years old. It was a very open and large complex with much to see. The self-paced tour was easy and relaxing and best for us. A wonderful experience and we look forward to visiting there again. The gardens were great!
An easily accessible Castle, which makes it a great place to go if you have a few extra hours. The architecture is intricate and beautiful, as you would expect. If you do not want to pay the price of admission, the front gate is still a good place to take pictures, as well as walking around the outside wall.
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