Nijo Castle, Kyoto

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Nijo Castle, Kyoto - Address, Phone Number, Ticket Price

Address: 541 Nijojocho, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 604-8301, Japan

Phone: +81-758410096

Ticket Price: 600 JPY

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Time Required: 01:30 Hrs

Timings: 08:45 am - 05:00 pm Details

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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.

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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  • Great place to spend an afternoon. Beautiful gardens and structures. You get a real taste of how the shoguns used to live many years ago, and almost feel like you are retracing there steps as you walk through the gardens and buildings. I loved it. Even though it was a tad busy at times. Maybe head there early morning as mid afternoon was swamped.

  • A worthwhile visit and one could easily spend a few hours seeing the palace and wondering around the spacious castle. The main gate is currently under restoration, so one have to enter through the smaller south gate. Really like the wall paintings in those rooms. Note that no photography is allowed inside the palace. Ceiling paintings are exquisite. The intricate details and carvings of the gates are lovely. Although they are many tourists, the ground is large enough for you to find a corner to sit back and slow down, taking in the experience.

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  • Very educational; I especially loved how they set up each castle room so you can see how the Shogun and various parties would've used them. Lots of interesting information about the historical architecture and deliberate use of certain images in certain rooms. An absolute must-see.

  • We went to Nijo Castle on our last day. The entrance was cheap, 600 yens (£4) for adults and kids below 6 years old are free. This is an eye opener experience. It was lovely to see the historic building where samurais meet. The garden was landscapes so intricately that pictures just have to be taken. Whenever you are in Kyoto, make sure you visit this place and take advantage of their souvenir shops (cheap items here compared to other shops in Kyoto) and their free stamp area.

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  • Very nice place, I liked the nightingale floor! We went in at 4, having one hour left to look at everything, we just about managed but it would have been nice to have a bit more time. Especially since all the original wall paintings are in a separate building at the moment for which you pay an extra ¥100, we didn't have time for those. There are also booths at the end with food and memorabilia which had closed already. Still a nice experience though!

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