World heritage site of important historical events in the center of Kyoto
Built in 1603, Nijo-jo Castle is fortified to fight off enemy attacks. This castle was made as the official residence of the first Tokugawa Shogun, Ieyasu, when he stayed in Kyoto. One of the most important historical events in Japanese history called "Taisei Hokan" (the restoration of governmental powers to the crown) took place in this castle. The lavishly decorated Nijo-jo Castle is representative of the highest level of Momoyama architecture which shows the power and authority of the Tokugawa shogunate. Please check out the beautiful gardens in Nijo-jo Castle too. In Ninomaru Palace, there are dolls to show how ti looked at the time of the Tokugawa shogunate (please note that photography is strictly forbidden). The entrance is under construction, but you can still enjoy the solemnity of this majestic castle.