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  • Address: Nijo-dori Horikawa, Kyoto 604-8235, Japan
  • Hours: Open daily 8:45am - 5pm. Closed Tuesdays Dec - Jan and Jul - Aug
  • Admission: ¥600

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Nijo Castle Tours

A truly impressive fortified complex, Nijō Castle was built in 1603 as the official residence of the first Tokugawa shogun. With its moats, walls, secret passageways and hidden chambers, the heavily fortified castle stands as a defiant symbol of the shogun's power.

Entered through an elaborate main gate, the castle complex includes two palaces, Ninomaru and Honmaru. Only Ninomaru is generally open to visitors.

A visit to Ninomaru Palace reveals spectacular artworks, including painted screens and intricate gold leaf ceilings. Known as 'nightingale' floors, the squeaking floorboards were designed to alert the shogun’s bodyguards to the presence of intruders.

Practical Info

Nijō Castle is in the southwest of the city. The closest train station is Nijo-jo-mae, on the Tozai line.

The traditional palace gardens provide a tranquil retreat for a stroll. Designed by a tea master, they offer seasonal photo opportunities of camellias, blossoms, azaleas, maples, water and rock gardens.

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Private Highlights of Kyoto Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 25 Reviews

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Kyoto and Nara Day Tour Including Golden Pavilion and Todai-ji Temple from Osaka

4.5 star rating: Recommended 202 Reviews

See the main sights of both Kyoto and Nara in one day! This day trip from Osaka takes you on a morning tour of Nijo Castle, Kinkaku-ji Temple (Golden ...  Read more

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Nijo Castle and Imperial Palace Visit with Private Guide, Kyoto, Day Trips
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Location: Kyoto, Japan
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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Kyoto Morning Tour of Kinkakuji Temple, Nijo Castle and Kyoto Imperial Palace from Osaka, Osaka, ... 
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Kyoto Morning Tour of Kinkakuji Temple, Nijo Castle and Kyoto Imperial Palace from Osaka

4.5 star rating: Recommended 48 Reviews

See Kyoto highlights on this 6-hour tour from Osaka! Visit two UNESCO World Heritage sites — Ninjo Castle and Kinkaku-ji Temple (Golden Pavilion) — as you tour ...  Read more

Location: Osaka, Japan
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

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Kyoto Day Tour of Golden Pavilion, Nijo Castle and Sanjusangendo from Osaka, Osaka, Day Trips
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Location: Osaka, Japan
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

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Half Day Tour of Nijo Castle and Golden Pavilion in Kyoto

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Location: Kyoto, Japan
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

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Location: Kyoto, Japan
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

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Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

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