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:
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!
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