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Nijo-jo Castle
UNESCO World Heritage Site Nijo-jo Castle, a fortified complex dating from 1603, was the official residence of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the first Tokugawa shogun. Walk in the pretty gardens or visit Ninomaru Palace to see fine Japanese artworks. It’s one of the most popular attractions in Kyoto, a city already full of must-visit attractions.
 
The Basics
Inside the grounds of Nijo-jo Castle are two palaces, Ninomaru and Honmaru, although only Ninomaru is open to visitors. The palaces are said to be the best-surviving examples of castle palace architecture from Japan's feudal era. Inside Ninomaru Palace are beautiful Japanese artworks, including about 3,000 folding screens and ceilings painted with gold leaf. The palace gardens, landscaped in a traditional Japanese style, are a peaceful place to walk. Many seasonal flowers bloom there, including camellias, azaleas, and maples.
 
Organized tours of Kyoto regularly include Nijo Castle on their itineraries, along with other highlights, such as the Golden Pavilion, Kiyomizu Temple, and the Imperial Palace. Nijo Castle is quite near the Imperial Palace, so it’s easy to visit them together.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • An admission fee is charged to enter the Nijo-jo Castle grounds.
  • English audio guides and in-person guided tours are available.
  • Although the Honmaru Palace is not usually open, visitors can walk around the Honmaru Gardens and climb the stone tower for views of the palace and gardens.
 
How to Get There
The closest train station to Nijo-jo Castle is Nijojo-mae on the Tozai line. Or, get there by bus. From Kyoto Station, take Kyoto City Bus numbers 9, 50 or 101, or from Shijo Kawaramachi, take Kyoto City Bus number 12.
 
When to Get There
The grounds are open from 8:45am until 5pm, with last admission at 4pm. The Ninomaru Palace is open from 9am until 4pm. The castle is closed on Tuesdays in January, July, August, and December, and between December 26 and January 4.
 
Tokugawa Ieyasu’s Grave at Nikko
Travelers interested in the history surrounding Tokugawa Ieyasu, who lived in Nijo-jo Castle, should visit his memorial in Nikko. This town in the mountains in Tochigi Prefecture is easily accessible on a day trip from Tokyo. The Toshogu Memorial and other temples here, dating from the early 17th century, are some of the finest traditional architecture in Japan and are a UNESCO-listed site.
Address: Nijo-dori Horikawa, Kyoto 604-8235, Japan
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KYOTO Walking Tour [Customize Your Itinerary]

KYOTO Walking Tour [Customize Your Itinerary]

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Private VIP Tour in KYOTO allows you to “Customize Your Itinerary” to fit your specific travel expectations. You have your own private tour guide for approximately 8 hours. Our team assists you to manage the tour, give recommendations, make reservations and check information. <<< You customize your own Day Trip in KYOTO >>> STEP1: We propose list of famous destinations while you share with us your travel desires and special requests. STEP2: With careful communication and planning, we share and exchange our draft detailed itinerary. STEP3: We revise/finalize the itinerary. ***You can always change the itinerary even on the day while traveling with the tour guide. Please feel free to reach our team and tour guide for recommendation at any time. ***Extra charges will be applied for over time service.
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KYOTO by Land Rover Discovery Sport 2018 Customize Your Itinerary

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Discover your Kyoto -Kyoto Walking Tour-

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Ⅼearn traditional musical instrument Koto that have been around for about 350 years. The instructor is a professional musician with 27 years of teaching. In one hour, you will be able to play the famous Japanese song 'Sakura' and enjoy the ensemble. After that, I use the rest of the time to teach various unique techniques. The venue is a very precious traditional Kyoto architectural residence. Because it is a private residence, travelers can not usually enter. Only experience guests can enter the house specially. You can see the beautiful view of Nijo Castle from the window of the lesson room. After the experience, we will offer green tea and traditional Kyoto seasonal sweets.
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Full-Day Private Guided Tour to Kyoto Palaces and Temples

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SnapKyoto's Cycle Photo Shoot and Tour (Kyoto's hidden gems)

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1-day Kyoto Itinerary for First Timers

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Kyoto Private Tour for First Timers: Kinkakuji, Nijo-jo, Kiyomizudera, & Nishiki

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The Heart of Kyoto & The Nijo Castle Private Tour

The Heart of Kyoto & The Nijo Castle Private Tour

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There is no city like Kyoto, with its alluring blend of deep-rooted traditions and dramatic history. Home to centuries-old temples and shrines as well as being the birthplace of the intriguing geisha culture, Kyoto is a fascinating destination! On this private tour, get ready to discover everything this city has to offer, from its hidden gems to famous landmarks, all with your favorite local. Travel back in time to the feudal era by visiting the Higashiyama Area and tour the famous Nijo Castle, built for the first shogun of the Edo period. Get up-close with Kyoto’s heritage at the Yasaka Pagoda and discover a folk faith connected to monkeys then explore the Kiyomizu Temple, a revered world heritage site. Witness and participate in age-old rituals by sipping from a holy stream. Quench your thirst with some warm Matcha. The local hosts are wonderful storytellers, each one with a different background ranging from arts to history an they are looking forward to showing you their city.
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Kyoto Custom Full Day Tour

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Kyoto Custom Half Day Tour

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Local Style Kyoto Day Trip with an a Native English Speaker in Japan 36 years!

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