Nijo Castle

Area West
Category Castle / World Heritage


During the Edo Period(1603-1868), when the rulers of Japan - the Tokugawa - traveled from Edo (present-day Tokyo) to Kyoto, they lodged in this castle building, Nijo Castle. within the castle are splendid gardens and exquisitely appointed rooms that offer a glimpse into the past. in addition to the refined grandeur of the castle proper, the surrounding area also boasts many sightseeing spots that present still other faces of historic Kyoto: among them, the castle’s walls and encircling moat, as well as temples and shrines. beginning with the shoguns of old, many people have passed time within these walls. if you decide to become one of them, take a walk around the castle grounds and experience the subtly different impressions it leaves on each person.


(L)The beautifully carved Kara-mon gate(Chinese-style gate), south of the Ninomaru Goten(Ninomaru Palace).
(R)Ninomaru Goten(Ninomaru Palace) is 3,300 square meters in area with 33 rooms. Designated a National Treasure.


Environs of the Ninomaru Garden. The three islands and four bridges amid the garden’s ponds can be admired from the nearby palace building.


(L)View of the Honmaru Goten(Honmaru Palace) from the Tenshudai(base of keep).
(R)The moat that snakes around the castle grounds was used for defense.


Spring comes to Nijo Castle.
Nijo Castle is a renowned site for cherry blossom viewing. The castle grounds boast over 400 trees of 50 different varieties. Many people come to see the spring illumination of the area’s byways and bridges at night.

Address 541 Nijojocho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto, 604-8301, Japan
Tel 075-841-0096
Open 8:45a.m. - 4:00p.m.
gate is closed at 5:00p.m.
Admission 600 yen
350 yen - Junior and Senior High School Students
200 yen - Elementary School Students
Access Subway Nijojo-mae Station
City Bus Stop Hakubutsukan Nijojo-mae

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