A Stroll Through Nijo Castle

Photo by MD111 on Flickr

Nijo Castle (Kyoto) is definitely one of the top castles in Japan. Chances are, if you’re going to Japan, a visit to Kyoto will be on the agenda. And a visit to Kyoto would not be complete without a tour through the Shogun’s famous Nijo Castle.

If you haven’t read our list of the top 5 castles in Japan, here’s what he had to say about Nijo Castle:


Nijo Castle served as the home of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate, while he was in Kyoto. The castle is filled with beautiful art and wall paintings and was mainly used for administrative affairs – which is reflected by the many offices and meeting rooms inside.

Reasons to visit Nijo Castle

No other castle in Japan gives you the feel of the opulent Imperial Court like Nijo, with its sliding doors and sprawling wall paintings. You have to imagine that price was not a factor in the construction of Nijo.

The squeaky Nightingale Floors (think ninja early warning system) are worth the visit alone.

You’ll also want to spend a few leisurely moments strolling through the intricately designed castle gardens.

A Photographic Stroll through Nijo Castle

In case you’re still not convinced, here’s some of my favorite pictures of Nijo Castle from Flickr:

Photo by jpellgen

Photo by shibuya246

Photo by shibuya246

Photo by Xin Li 88

Photo by fortherock

Photo by misha.penkov

Photo by shibuya246

Photo by NickB_LA

Photo by shibuya246

Nijo Castle Video

And here’s a nice little video tour Nijo Castle. Although no video or photos are allowed in the inside of the castle, this videographer didn’t seem to care :)

Let us know what you thought of the castle in your comments!

4 Responses to “A Stroll Through Nijo Castle”

  1. hardkoretom  on February 22nd, 2012

    I think its weird you picked this place for your post since it was just showcased on NHK World yesterday. It looks like a very colorful place to visit

  2. Travis  on February 22nd, 2012

    Funny! NHK and I must think alike. I thought it would a fun post to take a little trip through this amazing castle.

  3. Nick P (Bakefails)  on February 29th, 2012

    these photographs are so beautiful! i can’t wait to be in japan in a month. do you use a point-and-shoot or slr?

  4. Travis  on February 29th, 2012

    This time to Japan I brought an older DSLR. I was thinking about upgrading it while I was there, but I couldn’t find something in a price I wanted to pay :)

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