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Nijo Castle

Visit the world of a wealthy and powerful shogun in this opulent 17th-century castle complex.

Nijo Castle is a testament to the power of the Tokugawa Shogunate during the Edo period (1603-1868). The castle was the stronghold of the family who essentially controlled Japan during this time, leaving the emperor to rule in name only. To create a defence against enemies, the castle was built with two palaces, two stone walls and two moats.

To make the most of your visit to Nijo Castle, consider renting the English audio guide from the kiosk at the entry at the impressive Eastern gate. With an audio guide, you’ll learn more about the site’s fascinating stories and facts.

Explore Ninomaru Palace, a World Heritage Site. This palace has more than 30 rooms, furnished with many tatami (woven) mats and featuring opulent paintings. Much about the palace is designed to awe and many surfaces are coated in gold leaf. Tour the retainers’ workroom, the rice store, the meeting rooms and the living quarters of the shogun. It’s best to walk lightly, though, since the floors were built to squeak, to warn sleeping inhabitants of intruders.

Visit the remains of Honmaru Palace, ravaged by fire during the 18th century. Explore the rooms where servants lived and cooked, and the areas where guests were entertained.

Don’t miss the palace gardens,which feature designs that have remained largely unchanged for hundreds of years. Ninomaru Garden has a pond with three islands connected by bridges. To the north of the complex, Seiryū-en garden combines traditional Japanese and Western aspects, as well as two teahouses, which are used for cultural events. At certain times of the year, you’ll also have the added pleasure of seeing the plum and cherry trees in blossom.

Bus trips from Kyōto Station, the city’s main transportation hub, to Nijo Castle take about 20 minutes. There is also a nearby train station and metered car parking. The castle has an entry fee and is open most days, except Tuesdays during certain months of the year.


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RIHGA Royal Hotel Kyoto RM328
RIHGA Royal Hotel Kyoto

RIHGA Royal Hotel Kyoto

1 Taimatsu-cho, Shiokoji-sagaru, HigashiHorikawa-dori, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Central Kyoto, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Kyoto Tower and Kyoto Aquarium. Kyoto Railway Museum and Kawaramachi are also within 2 mi (3 km). Kyoto Station is 9 minutes by foot and Toji Station is 12 minutes.

    ANA Crowne Plaza Kyoto RM290
    ANA Crowne Plaza Kyoto

    ANA Crowne Plaza Kyoto

       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Central Kyoto, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Nijō Castle and Kyoto International Manga Museum. Kawaramachi and Nishiki Market are also within 1 mile (2 km). Nijojo-mae Station is only a 2-minute walk and Karasuma Oike Station is 11 minutes.

      Ace Hotel Kyoto RM1,081
      Ace Hotel Kyoto

      Ace Hotel Kyoto

         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Central Kyoto, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Kyoto International Manga Museum, Nishiki Market and Kawaramachi. Nijō Castle and Shijo Omiya are also within 15 minutes. Karasuma Oike Station is only a 2-minute walk and Karasuma Station is 9 minutes.

        Hotel Monterey Kyoto RM284
        Hotel Monterey Kyoto

        Hotel Monterey Kyoto

        604 Manjuya-cho, Sanjo-sagaru, Kyoto, Kyoto
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Central Kyoto, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Rokakkudo Temple and Nishiki Market. Kawaramachi and Kyoto International Manga Museum are also within 10 minutes. Karasuma Oike Station is only a 4-minute walk and Karasuma Station is 6 minutes.

          THE GENERAL KYOTO Takatsuji Tominokoji RM223
          THE GENERAL KYOTO Takatsuji Tominokoji

          THE GENERAL KYOTO Takatsuji Tominokoji

             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Central Kyoto, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Nishiki Market, Kawaramachi and Pontocho. Kyoto MINAMIZA Theatre and Shijo Omiya are also within 15 minutes. Kiyomizu-gojo Station is 9 minutes by foot and Shijo Station is 9 minutes.

            Raku Hoshi Nijo Castle
            Raku Hoshi Nijo Castle

            Raku Hoshi Nijo Castle

               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Central Kyoto, this holiday home is within 1 mile (2 km) of Mikane Shrine, Nijō Castle and Kawaramachi. Kyoto International Manga Museum and Shijo Omiya are also within 1 mile (2 km). Nijojo-mae Station is 8 minutes by foot and Karasuma Oike Station is 18 minutes.

              Tokyu Stay Kyoto Ryougaemachi Dori - Sanjo Karasuma RM218
              Tokyu Stay Kyoto Ryougaemachi Dori - Sanjo Karasuma

              Tokyu Stay Kyoto Ryougaemachi Dori - Sanjo Karasuma

                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Central Kyoto, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Kyoto International Manga Museum, Nishiki Market and Kawaramachi. Nijō Castle and Shijo Omiya are also within 15 minutes. Karasuma Oike Station is only a 3-minute walk and Karasuma Station is 9 minutes.

                Kyoto Yura Hotel - MGallery RM580
                Kyoto Yura Hotel - MGallery

                Kyoto Yura Hotel - MGallery

                84 OHASHICHO, Kyoto
                   
                  4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Higashiyama, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Nishiki Market and Chion-in Temple. Heian Shrine and Kyoto Imperial Palace are also within 2 mi (3 km). Sanjo Keihan Station and Sanjo Station are within a 2-minute walk.