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

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.

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

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

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

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

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  • 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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  • 71.2% of people who visit Kyoto include Nijo Castle in their plan

  • 52.93% 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 Sunday

90.95% 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.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures
  • Gorgeous murals, wood work, and an interesting look into the Shogunate that started and ended in this castle. A must for anyone interested in history. The gardens are also spectacular. Rest facilities are clean and accessible. You do need to take off your shoes to enter the main building, so be prepared.

  • Highly recommended. Come for the history and stay for the adventure! Absolutely stunning views. We were grateful that we took the time to visit the castle. I just wish we had another week or more right here. There was so much to see. Plan on spending half a day in order to enjoy everything!

  • The illumination was definitely a must see. Would recommend not to stand in line before it opens since you can easily buy the ticket and walk in after around 6:30 pm. During the day visit it was great to see that all the descriptions within the castle also had translations for tourists.

  • Great place to walk around and spend a morning learning about how the culture of Japan influences architecture of spaces and art. Do note; late autumn (second half November) features light shows after dark till 9pm on the premises that are also worth visiting - for those visiting from warmer clone climates, night time temperatures are about 4 degrees C so dress appropriately.

  • This wonderful castle is being beautifully restored, sympathetically to the historic value of the site, the work did not spoil our visit at all. I can definitely see why this is a World Heritage Site, well worth a visit. We visited in November, not too busy or hot, giving us time to enjoy this amazing, wonderful sight, thoroughly recommend.

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