World heritage site where important events occurred in the center of Kyoto
Built in 1603, Nijo-jo Castle has a defensive structure to defend against enemy attack. 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 government to the crown) had been taken place in this castle. Lavished decorated Nijo-jo Castle is representative of the highest 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 it looked like at the time of the Tokugawa shogunate (please note that photo taking is strictly forbidden). The entrance is under construction, but you may notice the solemnity of this majestic castle.
When you walk under the Kara-mon (Chinese-style gate), the gorgeously decorated Kurumayose will appear. The design on Ranma-chokoku (a carved transom and a decorative frieze consisting of carved panels fixed above the head of a door) differs on its front and back (referred to the official website). It is beautiful to see in one picture with pine-trees in front of this.
Cherry Blossom Light Up In Spring
Cherry Blossom Light Up In Spring
Nijo-jo Castle is also famous for cherry blossoms which are illuminated at night during the spring time with a special admission (the duration is changeable but usually around March 25th till April 17th). It is beautiful to see in the day time and also at night in the darkness with light. Please visit there in spring as you may see the cherry blossom differently.
Walk Through The Tunnel Of Cherry Blossom
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Walk Through The Tunnel Of Cherry Blossom
In Nijo-jo Castle, there is a path with beautiful cherry trees in both sides. You may feel as if you are walking through the tunnel of cherry blossoms. Although Nijo-jo Castle during the spring time would be crowded, you can enjoy the beautiful cherry blossoms in the relaxing atmosphere.
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The chance from Edo period to Meiji period happened here at Nijo Castle. This is the place where the last shogun handed over the administrative power to the emperor, and Japan thus started its journey toward becoming a modern state. This historic place is also famous as a plum flower viewing spot. The castle is easy to visit since it's right by subway Nijo Station. Recommended!
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I personally visit this castle in spring time as the cherry trees are beautifully blooming. You may enjoy learning the history of this castle while listening to the voice guide as there is a service in 6 different languages such as English, Spanish, French, Korean, Chinese and Japanese (it costs ¥500/ voice guide machine). We highly recommend that you visit there especially in spring time as you may enjoy the beautiful cherry blossom there!
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Nijo-jo Castle / 二条城
Category Landmarks, Japanese Gardens
Phone +81 75-841-0096
Address 541, Nijojo-cho, Nijo-dori Horikawa Nishi iru, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-8301
Directions 5-minute walk from Nijo-jo mae Station on Subway Tozai Line (Exit 1)
Open Hours 8:45am - 4pm (the castle closes at 5pm) *Ninomaru Palace viewing hours: 9am - 4pm
Reservations Not accepted
Closed New year period (26 December - 4 January) Each Tuesday of January, July, August and December *When Tuesday falls on a public holiday, the castle will be closed the following day instead
Price range
General admission ¥600 Junior and high school students ¥350 Primary school students ¥200 * Group admission is available (over 30 people) * Children younger than elementary school age are free of charge.
Credit cards Not accepted
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There is a brochure in English, Chinese and Korean at the entrance and also the voice guidance in 6 different languages.
Information Voice guidance in 6 languages (English, Chinese, Korean, Spanish, French and Japanese) Brochures in Japanese, English, Chinese and Korean
Lanuages spoken Japanese, English

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