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Exploring Nijo Castle

The imposing Nijo Castle was the residence of the Tokugawa shoguns in Kyoto, who ruled Japan from 1603 to 1868. The style of the castle itself is a representation of their power and influence. Inside the palace, visitors get to see masterpieces of Japanese art, like the painted screens of the main chamber. In the area, visitors can also enjoy walking through the several gardens and admire the groves the cherry and Japanese plum trees.


Accommodations near Nijo Castle

There is a range of options for all travelers. The most popular hotel in Kyoto is the Nazuna Kyoto Gosho, which has been booked &TravellersChoiceBooked1 times from our Hotels.com verified guests. Our guests also highly recommended Kisshoan in Kyoto as it has been reserved &TravellersChoiceBooked2 times.


Sightseeing near Nijo Castle

- Toji Temple


Toji Temple stands for East Temple. Dating back from 796 and today you will see the five-story pagoda that stands over 50 meters high and is the tallest wooden tower in all of Japan. At the grounds, visitors can also enjoy a garden and a pond. There is even a strict private school located here, the Rakunan, which sends many of its students to top universities.


- Temple of the Golden Pavilion


This beautiful Buddhist temple dates back to the 14th century and stands for a symbol of Kyoto. Although it has been burnt down many times throughout history, it was lastly restored in 1955. Today the temple is surrounded by a garden, a pond at its centerand offers amazing views. The sight of the golden temple is reflected into the pond is a must-see attraction. Entrance is open year-round and visiting during any time of year is truly a sight to remember.


Transportation near Nijo Castle

Kyoto has an excellent and efficient public transport network, plus it is okay for getting about on foot outside of the summer months. Many of the main attractions are contained within small districts where the best way to get around is on foot or by bicycle. There are bike rental places all over.

The Kyoto subway system is excellent for inner-city travel, with over two-dozen stations making travel between districts less time consuming than taking a bus. Tickets are quite expensive one-way, yet daily zoned passes can be had. You can also make use of cheaper Kyoto buses. The Chin-Chin bus is the best option for visitors, leaving the main Kyoto Station every 10 minutes and taking in the main Kyoto attractions. Taxis are metered and efficient, yet expensive, and can be flagged or hired from stands at tourist spots.


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