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Nijo Castle

Visit the world of the 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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Ace Hotel Kyoto NT$8,337
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Ace Hotel Kyoto

245-2 Aneyakojidori, Higashinotoin-nishiiru Kurumayacho, Kyoto, Kyoto
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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

    Hotel Monterey Kyoto NT$2,484
    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. Kyoto International Manga Museum and Shijo Omiya are also within 10 minutes. Karasuma Oike Station is only a 4-minute walk and Karasuma Station is 6 minutes.

      RIHGA Royal Hotel Kyoto NT$2,844
      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 Nishiki Market are also within 2 mi (3 km). Kyoto Station is 9 minutes by foot and Toji Station is 12 minutes.

        ORIENTAL HOTEL KYOTO ROKUJO NT$1,498
        ORIENTAL HOTEL KYOTO ROKUJO

        ORIENTAL HOTEL KYOTO ROKUJO

        181 Bokumikanabutsu-cho, Aburanokojidori Rokujo Agaru, Kyoto, Kyoto
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Central Kyoto, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Kyoto Tower, Toji Temple, and Sanjusangendo Temple. Nijō Castle and Gion Corner are also within 2 mi (3 km). Gojo Station is 8 minutes by foot and Tanbaguchi Station is 16 minutes.

          ANA Crowne Plaza Kyoto NT$2,879
          ANA Crowne Plaza Kyoto

          ANA Crowne Plaza Kyoto

          Nijojo-Mae Horikawa-Dori, Nakagyo, Kyoto, 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. Nishiki Market and Kyoto Imperial Palace are also within 1 mi (2 km). Nijojo-mae Station is only a 2-minute walk and Karasuma Oike Station is 11 minutes.

            Hotel MyStays Kyoto-Shijo NT$1,192
            Hotel MyStays Kyoto-Shijo

            Hotel MyStays Kyoto-Shijo

            52 Kasaboko-cho, Aburakoji Higashi Iru, Shijo Dori, Shimogyo, Kyoto, Kyoto
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Central Kyoto, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Shijo Omiya and Nishiki Market. Kawaramachi and Nijō Castle are also within 1 mi (2 km). Karasuma Station is only a 5-minute walk and Shijo-omiya Station is 7 minutes.

              Nazuna Kyoto Nijo-jo NT$19,276
              Nazuna Kyoto Nijo-jo

              Nazuna Kyoto Nijo-jo

              580, Kusuriyacho, Aburanokoji Nijo Agaru Nakagyoku, Kyoto, Kyoto
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Central Kyoto, this ryokan is within a 10-minute walk of Mikane Shrine and Nijō Castle. Kyoto International Manga Museum and Shijo Omiya are also within 15 minutes. Nijojo-mae Station is 6 minutes by foot and Marutamachi Station is 9 minutes.

                Raku Hoshi Nijo Castle
                Raku Hoshi Nijo Castle

                Raku Hoshi Nijo Castle

                Nishinokyo Hoshigaikecho 20-32, Kyoto, Kyoto
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Central Kyoto, this vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Mikane Shrine, Nijō Castle, and Kyoto International Manga Museum. Nishiki Market and Kyoto Imperial Palace are also within 2 mi (3 km). Nijojo-mae Station is 8 minutes by foot and Karasuma Oike Station is 18 minutes.