"Nijo-jo" Nijo Castle Tip by aukahkay

Nijo Castle, Kyoto: 44 reviews and 97 photos

  Higashi Otemon (main gate) to Nijo-jo
by aukahkay
  • Higashi Otemon (main gate) to Nijo-jo - Kyoto
      Higashi Otemon (main gate) to Nijo-jo
    by aukahkay
  • Moat and guard tower of Nijo-jo - Kyoto
      Moat and guard tower of Nijo-jo
    by aukahkay
  • Beautiful Ninomaru gardens - Kyoto
      Beautiful Ninomaru gardens
    by aukahkay
  • Ninomaru gardens in spring - Kyoto
      Ninomaru gardens in spring
    by aukahkay

Nijo Castle (Nijojo) was built by Tokugawa Ieyasu, founder of the Edo Shogunate, as the Kyoto residence for himself and his successors.
The palace building now known as Ninomaru ("secondary castle"), was completed in 1603 and enlarged by Ieyasu's grandson Iemitsu. It survives in its original form and is famous for its Momoyama architecture, decorated sliding doors and floors that squeak like nightingales when someone walks on them - a security measure against intruders.
Iemitsu also added the Honmaru ("main castle") including a five storied castle tower to Nijo Castle. However, the original honmaru structures were destroyed by fires in the 18th century, and the present building was moved there from the Imperial Palace in 1893.
From the entrance, visitors follow a unidirectional course through the Ninomaru passing the Retainers Room, Reception Room, Grand Chambers, Inner Audience Chamber and finally the Shogun's living quarters.
During the sakura period, the castle is illuminated at night.

Directions: Take the subway to Nijo-jo mae Station on the Tozai line. Admission is Y600.
Phone: 075-841-0096
Website: http://www.city.kyoto.jp/bunshi/nijojo/

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Was this review helpful?

  • Written Apr 10, 2007
  • Send to a Friend
  • Add to your Trip Planner
  • Report Abuse



“Travel opens your mind to the world and makes you a global citizen”

Online Now


Top 1,000 Travel Writer
Member Rank:
0 0 4 8 2

Have you been to Kyoto?

  Share Your Travels