Nijojo Castle

Other Historic Site/Building
This fortification was built in 1603 to lodge Tokugawa Ieyasu when he travelled to the capital after his victory at the Battle of Sekigahara. Later, the site was significantly renovated by the third shogun, Tokugawa Iemitsu, resulting in its present form. In addition to the entire grounds being a nationally designated Historic Site, the site is dotted with numerous historically valuable structures and beautiful sights, including the Ninomaru Palace, the outer citadel palace (a National Treasure), Honmaru Palace, the inner citadel palace (an Important Cultural Property), and Ninomaru Garden, the outer citadel palace garden (a Special Place of Scenic Beauty).

Spot details

Address
Kyoto City Kyoto City Nakagyo-ku Nijyotoru Horikawa Western Nishi Nijo Castle Town 541
Phone
0758410096
Hours
[Open Castle Hours] 8:45-16:00 (Closed at 17:00)
Closed
[Sleeping Sunday] 12/29-31
Fees
[Entrance fee (including Ninomaru Palace Admission fee)]
[General]1,300yen
[Junior high and high school students]400yen
[Elementary school students]300yen
Parking Lot
Available(120spaces)
Credit Card
Available(VISA, MasterCard)
Smoking
Available
Wi-Fi
Available
Note
Temporary suspension of business:Closed until May 31, 2020 (Information as of April 30, 2020)
* Information may be changed, so be sure to check the official information.
Can be enjoyed even on a rainy day
Yes
Average budget
[Lunch] 1,001-3,000yen
Estimated stay time
60-120 minutes
Wheelchair accessible
Available
Infant friendly
Available

Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN

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  • The Former Imperial Villa
    5.0 Reviewed:2022.06.26
    This is a UNESCO world heritage site.As of June 2022, the Honmaru-Goten Palace is closed for major restoration/renovation. The various gardens inside the castle walls are all accessible and...
  • Famous “nightingale” floors make historical site more interesting for kids
    4.0 Reviewed:2022.06.23
    Good historical site made better by the lore of shogun and “nightingale” floorboards designed to creak to give warning of assassins which you can walk on
  • Looking for the Shogun
    5.0 Reviewed:2022.05.26
    “Shogun, where are you?” was my only thought when I was wandering through Nijo Castle. The entrance is quite expensive, but it worths it.

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