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 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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Things to Know Before Visiting Nijo Castle

  • 71.25% 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

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Nijo Castle, Kyoto Reviews

  • The castle grounds was impressive; the high surrounding walls and moats were well crafted and withstood the passage of time in excellent condition. The castle is a beautiful building; you begin its tour by leaving your shoes at the entrance and securing your camera/phones. No photography allowed in building. You can read all the history and enjoy all the artworks(replicas of original). I was intrigued by the squeaky floors and the technology the used to achieve the sounds. It was a bit steamy in September but a tour is well worth your time.

  • Loved this place, the castle itself is stunning. The walls, the moat, the gardens are all stunning. It takes a good 2 hours to fully do inside of the castle and the gardens. It is well worth hiring the audio guide to walk through the castle as it informs you truly how important this castle was in the history of Japan. We'll worth the visit and was one of our favourite places in Kyoto

  • Nijo Castle should definitely be a stop on your visit to Kyoto. Pamphlets at the entrance are in multiple languages. Audio self-guided tours are available, but I didn't use one. The castle has Beautiful design with lots of good photo opportunities. The castle has a set path to follow so you don't miss anything. There are English language explanations for every room, which is great for non-Japanese speakers. I would have liked to see more time specific furnishings and other items in the otherwise bare rooms. The gardens are fenced off so you may only look while walking along the path. There is a luggage storage area where I was able to leave my stroller for a small fee. Everywhere is gravel making it difficult to roll a stroller.

  • The grounds are expansive and you get to tour the interior of the castle, but it is not a must visit place in my opinion. The castle interiors are bare rooms with little to no exhibits of daily lives of the people who once lived in there. Tapestries are reproductions only and you have to pay an additional fee to view the originals which are stored in another exhibit. The entrance fee of 600 yen is quite high compared to other more interesting attractions in Kyoto.

  • Gorgeous place, and a must if you're in Kyoto. The gardens and grounds were stunning, but I found the artwork adorning the interior walls the most fascinating, as well as the nightingale floor. It was quite busy, so you do feel like you're on a bit of a conveyor belt at times but it's worth it to see everything

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