Stroll in the Steps of Emperors and Shoguns

Let an English-speaking guide show you around a historic castle in the heart of Kyoto

Nijo Castle was built by Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founding shogun (supreme samurai warlord) of the Edo period (1603-1868).

He commissioned ornate and unique architectural structures, some of which still stand today: the Karamon Gate’s imposing timbers and elaborate carvings will amaze you.
As you explore the Ninomaru Palace, marvel at the gleaming and opulent gold decorative art around every corner, and hear the famous “nightingale floors” squeaking underfoot — a deliberate feature intended to prevent assassins from sneaking in undetected.

Nijo Castle also boasts acclaimed Japanese-style gardens, none of which are older than the Ninomaru Garden. Relax while watching tumbling waterfalls and reminisce about the samurai of old and their elegant kimono-clad ladies appreciating this same tranquil setting. To make the most of your visit, take an interactive guided tour.

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