Nijō Castle is a flatland castle located in Kyoto, Japan. The castle consists of two concentric rings of fortifications, ... More
Nijō Castle is a flatland castle located in Kyoto, Japan. The castle consists of two concentric rings of fortifications, the Ninomaru Palace, the ruins of the Honmaru Palace, various support buildings and several gardens. The surface area of the castle is 275,000 square meters, of which 8000 square meters is occupied by buildings. Source: Wikipedia
Nijo Castle, in Kyoto its was experience like no other i've seen in my life, the castle alone has life in it. I was blown away on what i've seen in the castle and the history on the castle, I will never forget. The only thing that I dislike was that I left.
If you want to really get the feel for what it was like to walk the halls of an old Japanese castle, do not miss this place. The beautiful artwork, the clever nooks and crannies, and the history all contribute to what was one of my favorite spots in Kyoto.
We came as part of a JAL tour arranged by our hotel, and I highly recommend you do the same. The tourguide pointed out all kinds of points of interest in this castle that made it much more fun, and we were able to gain access to areas not open to the public on that day.
We were in Kyoto during cherry blossom season, and found out that the castle grounds are open at night for blossom viewing for a small admission. I highly recommend doing this if you are in town in the spring. The trees are all lit up and cute couples and groups of friends stroll around the walkways enjoying the ambiance. Note, the castle is not open, only the walkways around the grounds.
The next day we decided to go back and see the castle in its entirety. It is crowded and if I recall, there was less information here in English than at other sites. But with just the feeling of the building, you can imagine Ieyasu sitting there in grandeur, with his guards hidden in the walls waiting to jump out!
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