|Sampo[ Sharing Kyoto Staff ]|
Even the moat around Nijo Castle is really pretty at night with the clouds reflecting on it.
The line to get in is long, but fortunately, it moves fast. We got in in about 15 minutes.
After buying your ticket (400 yen for adults) you get to see a 3D projection mapping show at a gate of the castle. There are cherry blossoms, cranes and dragons flying, and it is all very nice and colorful.
It was pretty, but not exceptionally interesting. But there was another projection mapping show that was just that…
… but we weren’t the only people even at this gate.
The cherry blossoms are really beautiful, but a word of warning: you can’t use tripods inside the castle park, so taking pictures is not always that easy.
Some of the cherry blossoms were illuminated with purple light making them stand out from the rest.
This was the other 3D projection mapping show, and this one was the more impressive one. The guy on the picture wearing Japanese historic court clothing looked almost real when he danced with the storm of cherry petals flying on the Japanese doors.
They also had a Nissan Leaf surrounded by cherry blossoms on display. Too bad you couldn’t test drive it.
Plus if you get hungry, there are food stalls. Though of course, the prices are higher and the taste maybe not quite as good as the restaurants outside the castle.
This event is a must-go if you are in Kyoto during the cherry blossom season. It can get a bit crowded, but the lines move fast and the cherry blossoms are pretty. In 2017 it has been 150 years since the governing authority in Japan was returned to the emperor from the shogunate, which is why they had two 3D projection mapping shows, but I’m already looking forward to what they will have in 2018.