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Private Highlights of Kyoto Tour
"The tour starts at 9am from the Hotel Granvia Kyoto in the JR Kyoto Station building. You are requested to select one of two different courses Northwest-bound course or the Southeast-bound course. The Northwest-bound course visits the Bamboo Grove the Rock Garden (Ryoanji Temple) the Golden Pavilion and the Nijo Castle or the Nishiki Market. The Southeast-bound course visits the Sake Brewery the Fushimi Inari Taisha the Sanjusangendo Temple the Kiyomizudera Temple and the Ninenzaka or Sannenzaka Slope.Tour ends at 4pm near the Gion area
From JPY10,000.00
Half Day Tour of Nijo Castle and Golden Pavilion in Kyoto
"You will be picked up from your centrally located hotel in Kyoto at 9am and first head to Nijo Castle where you will spend approximately 60 minutes exploring. The Nijo Castle was the residence of the Shogun when they visited Kyoto on special occasions. T also marks the event when the last Shogun returned the governing power to the Emperor. The second stop will be the Kinkaku-ji Temple which was built by the third shogun of the Ashikaga clan in the 14th century. It is famous as """"Golden Pavilion"""" because of its gorgeous gildings. The shape of this building is reflected on the surface of the pond in the front creating a picturesque view. You can enjoy the view of the palace all four seasons of the year. Along with Nijo castle the Kinkaku-ji Temple is a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site.After visiting these amazing sights you will be dropped back at your hotel in Kyoto at around 1pm."""
From JPY16,000.00
Kyoto Full-Day Sightseeing Tour including Nijo Castle and Kiyomizu Temple
"Following a morning pickup from your Kyoto hotel meet your guide and hop aboard your air-conditioned coach to begin your city tour. Widely considered to be the cradle of Japan's cultural heritage Kyoto was the country’s capital and the Emperor's residence from 794 until 1868. Today it stands as Japan’s seventh largest city with a population of 1.4 million people and a modern face which belies its status as Japan's most traditional city. Head first to Nijo Castle noted for the stark contrast between its solemn appearance and beautiful interior. Built in 1603 as the Kyoto residence of the Tokugawa Shogun Nijo Castle is a joy to explore. Wander past the inner walls to Honmaru Palace and its garden and hear of their history and heritage from your guide. Discover Ninomaru Palace with its five connecting buildings made of cypress — lavishly decorated in gold leaf — and admire the kitchens
From JPY13,200.00

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At Ninomaru Palace tread lightly please....

Within the sturdy walls and moats of Nijo Castle, approached through the the grand Karamon gateway lies a paean to the glory of Tokugawa Ieyasu in the form of the glorious Ninomaru Palace, whose...
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Oct 25, 2014

A Flatland Castle

The most famous castles in Japan are located on spectacular naturally defensible landforms. Nijō castle though stands on a plain, now surrounded by the city of Kyoto. It is defended therefore by...
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Oct 25, 2014

Largest palace i've been to

From the Golden Temple, I hopped on a bus 201 to Nijo castle. I paid 230 yen again. Entrance fee is 600 yen. The whole castle is so big. Taking photos is prohibited inside the castle. The garden in...
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Aug 02, 2014

An 'easier' castle to visit

Unlike many castles in Japan which can be 7 floors high, Nijo Castle is a one-story affair so touring it is more leisurely. Since Kyoto was spared from the ravages of war, everything within the castle...
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Jul 29, 2014

Nijo Castle - Central Kyoto

Nijo Castle is one of the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto, a UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The castle was begin in 1603 under Tokugawa Ieyasu, and completed in 1626 during the reign of his...
Oct 19, 2013

Nijo Castle

Residence of the Shogun, this castle was built by Tokugawa Ieyasu in 1601. The castle lacks the traditional keep of Japanese castles but contains a couple of palaces and large gardens in its expansive...
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Jun 18, 2012

Another Jewel of the many in Kyoto ....

The ostentatious style of this castle was intended as a demonstration of Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu's prestige.Nijo-jo Castle was the Kyoto residence of the Tokugawa shoguns, who ruled Japan for the over...
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May 04, 2012

Nijo Castle

Nijo Castle is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.Nijo Castle is different from the other castles we visited in Japan as the main building, the Ninomaru Palace, is a single-storey rather than a tower with...
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May 02, 2011

A world heritage of Kyoto

Nijo Castle is one of the 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kyoto. The castle was originally built in 1603 by Tokugawa Ieyasu. The palace building Ninomaru is kept in its original form and is famous...
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Sep 12, 2009

Nijo Castle

When most people think of Japanese castles, they picture the large majestic buildings, like Himeji Castle. Nijo Castle was built with the Shoin-zukuri architectural style, so it does not look like a...
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Jan 11, 2009

Visit Nijojo!

Its a castle buit in 1603 by the first Shougun Tokugawa Iyeyasu for his Kyoto residence. This place is called "Ninomaru" (second castle). Its a typical masterpiece of "Momoyama" architecture. It has a...
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Jul 19, 2008

Nijo Castle

This was the former residence of the shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu , built as a residence for him and his successors.It is now known as Ninimaru [secondary castle], built in 1803 and famous for its Momoyama...
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Jul 13, 2008
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538 Hachichome, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, 604-0074, Japan
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693 Kushigecho, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, 602-8127, Japan
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Things to Do Near Nijo Castle

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Togetsu-kyo Bridge

Moon River, wider than a mile / I'm crossing you in style some day Audrey Hepburn After Tenryuji Temple we were out on the main street and walked 5’ down to the riverside where we crossed...
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Arashaiyama Monkey Park Iwatayama

Crossing the Togetsu-kyo Bridge we saw the sign for the Monkey Park Iwatayama, I always love to see monkeys, I’m not sure why, maybe because of that old adventure game Monkey Island! :) It requires...
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Kyoto International Manga Museum

This museum houses a collection of manga (comic books) not only by Japanese authors/illustrators but international artists as well. Found TinTin comic books in French too! A good opportunity for kids...
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Shugakuin Imperial Villa

Shugakuin Imperial Villa is located up in the countryside of northeastern Kyoto. They were built by Emperor Gomizuno in the mid-seventeenth century. It is divided into three parts, the lower villa,...
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Go-o Shrine

Go-o Shrine was built to enshrine Wake no Kiyomaru from Wake (a small town in Okayama Prefecture). He was exiled from the capital after he foiled an attempt to take the throne by a Buddhist priest...
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Kaleidoscope Museum

The Kyoto Kaleidoscope Museum is a small but fun museum, especially if you have kids. Explanations are in English and Japanese, although most of the kaleidoscopes are easy to try on your own. There...
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