Nijo Castle

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  • Address: 541 Nijojocho, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 604-8301, Japan
  • Timings: 08:45 am - 05:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +81-758410096
  • Ticket Price: 600 JPY
  • Time Required: 01:30 Hrs
  • Tags: Castle, Historical Site, Tourist Center, Family And Kids, Architecture

Nijo Castle - Review

The Nijo Castle was constructed in 1603 as the residence of Tokugawa Ieyasu (the first shogun of the Edo Period). The Castle is divided into three areas- the Honmaru (main circle of defence), the Ninomaru (secondary circle of defence) and the gardens that surround the Honmaru and Ninomaru. The architecturally gorgeous Ninomaru Palace has beautiful paintings on its walls and sliding doors. Located at the site of the former Honmaru Palace, destroyed by fire in the 18th century, is the current Honmaru Palace. It is an important Cultural Property of Japan. In the gardens, you will find Cherry trees, around 400 of them! During the Cherry blossom season, the Castle is a must visit. The Nijo Castle was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the year 1994. 

Nijo Castle defines the historical grandeur of Kyoto, a city known for is royal history. The castle looks resplendent when enveloped by cherry trees and offers you the most exquisite view ever. Being one of the most historical structures of the city, Nijo CastleTickets are always in demand by tourists who visit Kyoto. Tickets for Nijo Castlecan easily be obtained from the counter, however, if you wish to take up history from a close, you can buy tickets for Nijo Castletours to have an insightful session. Along with offering you an easy access and guided session, the tour also offers you Nijo Castle ticket prices at slashed prices. Also, visit the popular attractions in the city by following Kyoto itinerary 7 days.

Nijo Castle Ticket Prices

  • General- ¥600.
  • Junior and Senior High School Students- ¥350.
  • Elementary School Students- ¥200.

Nijo Castle Opening and Closing Hours

  • Last entry at 4 pm.
  • Entry to Ninomaru is from 9 am to 4 pm.

How To reach Nijo Castle by Public Transport

  • Nijo Train station
  • Nijo Subway stop
  • Horikawa Dori bus stop

Restaurants Near Nijo Castle

  • Kyassuru geto
  • Kafe resutoran koji
  • Kyo ryori sushi jomon

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TripHobo Highlights for Nijo Castle

  • Nijo Castle Address: 541 Nijojocho, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 604-8301, Japan
  • Nijo Castle Contact Number: +81-758410096
  • Nijo Castle Timing: 08:45 am - 05:00 pm
  • Nijo Castle Price: 600 JPY
  • Best time to visit Nijo Castle(preferred time): 09:00 am - 03:00 pm
  • Time required to visit Nijo Castle: 01:30 Hrs
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  • 95% of people who visit Kyoto include Nijo Castle in their plan

  • 46.83% of people start their Nijo Castle visit around 10 AM - 11 AM

  • People usually take around 1 Hr 30 Minutes to see Nijo Castle

Monday, Wednesday and Saturday

90.11% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Nijo Castle

People normally club together Ryoan-ji and Nishiki Market while planning their visit to Nijo Castle.

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Nijo Castle, Kyoto Reviews

  • Pretty palace and stone walls. There's a section where you take off your shoes and walk through the palace rooms: much of the art has been removed or has been recreated, but it's still beautiful. Information panels and mannequins inside the rooms describe the uses of each area of the castle. Can get a nice view of the city and mountains from one of the corners. Features a well air-conditioned rest area with drinks and food near the entrance, which was helpful on our hot July day.

  • Due to massive showers, the most impressive part of the castle was closed for the visitors safety. However, that did not prevent us from enjoying one of the most astonishing and jaw-dropping medieval edifices of Kyoto. There one can appreciate the elaborated paintings displayed in the rooms inside the Castle! Some advice: make sure you wear a nice pair if socks as you Will be permanently asked to take your shoes off!!

  • It's just a pretty long walk along a predefined path through the main building and then the gardens. There are a few resting places. Overall, there isn't too much that you can see here apart from outer and inner traditional Japanese building architecture. I went during the summer so there were no cherry blossoms. Most of the wall paintings in the buildings are not original, as indicated by signs.

  • I wouldn't call it a castle in the Osaka castle or Himeji sense of the word, but this palace and the surrounding grounds are wonderful. It is definitely a little gem tucked right in the middle of the city. Being able to walk though it and see the inside was a great experience. Unfortunately, no pictures are allowed inside so you'll just have to go for yourself. The palace grounds were beautifully maintained and it was so serene. Definitely worth checking out

  • Very impressive! From the front gate of the castle and the surrounding facade, you get a sense for the strength and security present during the Shogunate. The keepers have done a great job of making the tour very informative, bring me back to the time of the shoguns. The grounds are beautiful so make sure to save enough time to walk the full route around. Towards the back of the gardens there is a high wall that you can climb with an amazing view of the grounds in the city beyond it.

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