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Nijo Castle, Kyoto

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Originally built in 1603 and holding World Heritage Site status, Nijo Castle presents an exemplary look at Japanese feudal architecture. The castle served as a residence to the first Edo shogun, Tokugawa Ieyasu, and the complex contains two concentric circles of moat and wall fortifications, surrounding the central palace and auxiliary buildings. Observe the sound you make as you walk through the corridors connecting various buildings on the "nightingale floors" designed to make noise and warn guards against intruders. PutNijo Castle into our Kyoto road trip site and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • This is a UNESCO world heritage site. As of June 2022, the Honmaru-Goten Palace is closed for major restoration/renovation. The various gardens inside the castle walls are all accessible and... 
    This is a UNESCO world heritage site. As of June 2022, the Honmaru-Goten Palace is closed for major restoration/renovation. The various gardens inside the castle walls are all accessible and...  more »
  • Good historical site made better by the lore of shogun and “nightingale” floorboards designed to creak to give warning of assassins which you can walk on 
    Good historical site made better by the lore of shogun and “nightingale” floorboards designed to creak to give warning of assassins which you can walk on  more »
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  • Easy to go, entrance into palaces costs a bit extra. There are restorationworks on the inner palace still in progress. I do not know when they will finish. In 2 hours you have all seen. I entered 3:30pm. Was enough time. The entrance time for palace is till 4pm. At 5pm all door close.
  • Amazing history and restorations! I love all of the painted murals and sliding doors. The garden is also beautiful and everything as well organized there is a lot of information in both English and Japanese, and I recommend trying the audio guide. Stop by the Café and gift shop at the end for some nice rest and refreshment. Be sure to explore the extensive gardens area is even more beautiful during Cherry Blossom time. Sadly you are not allowed to take pictures inside the building but there are some nice postcards you can purchase afterwards to remember some of the beautiful architecture.

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