Nijo Castle

Currently Open [Closes at 05:00 pm]
  • 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

About Nijo Castle, Kyoto

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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Things to Know Before Visiting Nijo Castle

  • 95% of people who visit Kyoto include Nijo Castle in their plan

  • 46.9% 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

90.02% 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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  • This was one of the more interesting places to go. I was more interested in the landscape than the interior of the palace. We came at the end of the cherry tree blossom and it was still wonderful. The grounds is huge and the crowds don't pose a problem. The ticket entrance machine is a little confusing even when you select the English option. Stay to the left of the ticket line to buy a ticket from a live person. Make sure you look or grab a map, you can easily miss many spots. Expect to walk a lot and scale large stairs. Handicap friendly for many parts of the grounds.

  • Nijo Castle was one of the more interesting world heritage sites I've seen so far on my trip. It has a lot of historical significance that you can read about in the welcome pamphlet and signs littered about the premises. The line to get in may seem very long, but it moves very fast. The architectural variety is fascinating, and the gardens/moats provide some pretty nice pictures. Experiencing the nightingale floors was also pretty neat. Definitely worth a visit!

  • Lots of history. Well shielded. Main walk through the main building was the highlight. Other section was closed for renovations. Observation tower had nice view. Some food vendors near one entrance. Looks like this place has a night thing going on with some lights and projectors.

  • I found the outside of the castle more interesting than the inside. There is interesting artwork on the inside and the rooms are interesting. Although you are not allowed to take pictures. I relay liked the walkways on the outside of the castle. Nice pictures can be taken there. Would I say it is a place to prioritise if you have limited time? Probably not, but if you’re in the vicinity, worth a visit.

  • Very nice castle, with option to view by your self, rent guided tour head phones, or join one of the daily guided tours. In the castle grounds there's 2 gardens and a tea House, all very much worth experiencing. Of cause the best time to come is during spring so you can experience the plum grove at it's best (looks quite similar to cherry trees blossoming)

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