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Nijo Castle was built in 1603 that had served as living quarters for Ieyasu Tokugawa while he was visiting Kyoto. This vast castle, enclosed in a moat and guarded by a stone wall, has a majestic presence. The site consists of multiple components including: Ninomaru Goten (designated National Treasure), Honmaru Goten (Important Cultural Property) and Ninomaru Teien (Place of Special Scenic Beauty) and is in its entirety registered as a World Heritage Site. The interior of the castle is gorgeously decorated with various statues, metal fittings and illustrated fusuma (sliding door made with thick paper), consigning the culture of the time to posterity. In spring, many tourists visit here to enjoy an amazing view of cherry blossoms of various kinds.
- 541 Horikawa Nishi-iru Nijojocho, Nijo-dori, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
- Contact No.
- 5-min walk from Exit 1 of Nijojo-mae Station, Kyoto City Subway
- Opening Hours / Holidays
Closed on 12/26-1/4 and Tuesdays in December, January, July and August
*If a national holiday falls on a Tuesday during these months, the castle will be closed on the following day instead.
- Official Website
- Time Required
- 60 minutes
- Admission fee
- 600 yen
※ Some information is displayed in Japanese and machine-translated English, which may not be accurate.
For the latest information, please check the official website for each spot.
Ninomaru Goten, a palace overwhelmingly adorned with gorgeous decorations and statues carved with delicacy and grandeur, is designated as Japan’s National Treasure. The wooden boards of its hallway floor are devised to create a sound similar to chirping birds when trodden upon, hence called “Nightingale Floor,” a creative idea that helped the residents to be immediately alerted of intruders or guests.
Ninomaru Teien is a garden designated as the nation’s Place of Special Scenic Beauty. The design, which places its rocks in various colors in upright positions, gives the visitors a uniquely masculine impression. There are three artificial islands and four bridges on the pond and it was designed so that all these elements strike a perfect balance no matter which room in Ninomaru Goten the garden is viewed from.
Nijo Castle in cherry blossom season
Kyoto has many sites famous for cherry blossoms but Nijo Castle, in the springtime, when various kinds of cherry blossoms can be observed, is definitely worth the visit. Among them all, the beauty of weeping cherry trees is well-reputed. Being surrounded by 400 cherry trees of 50 varieties in full bloom gives a feeling of living in a dream. The night view of Nijo Castle with its illuminated cherry trees also makes for a beautiful and popular image.