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Nijo-jo Castle Tours and Activities

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Nijo-jo Castle
UNESCO World Heritage Site Nijo-jo Castle, a fortified complex dating from 1603, was the official residence of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the first Tokugawa shogun. Walk in the pretty gardens or visit Ninomaru Palace to see fine Japanese artworks. It’s one of the most popular attractions in Kyoto, a city already full of must-visit attractions.
 
The Basics
Inside the grounds of Nijo-jo Castle are two palaces, Ninomaru and Honmaru, although only Ninomaru is open to visitors. The palaces are said to be the best-surviving examples of castle palace architecture from Japan's feudal era. Inside Ninomaru Palace are beautiful Japanese artworks, including about 3,000 folding screens and ceilings painted with gold leaf. The palace gardens, landscaped in a traditional Japanese style, are a peaceful place to walk. Many seasonal flowers bloom there, including camellias, azaleas, and maples.
 
Organized tours of Kyoto regularly include Nijo Castle on their itineraries, along with other highlights, such as the Golden Pavilion, Kiyomizu Temple, and the Imperial Palace. Nijo Castle is quite near the Imperial Palace, so it’s easy to visit them together.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • An admission fee is charged to enter the Nijo-jo Castle grounds.
  • English audio guides and in-person guided tours are available.
  • Although the Honmaru Palace is not usually open, visitors can walk around the Honmaru Gardens and climb the stone tower for views of the palace and gardens.
 
How to Get There
The closest train station to Nijo-jo Castle is Nijojo-mae on the Tozai line. Or, get there by bus. From Kyoto Station, take Kyoto City Bus numbers 9, 50 or 101, or from Shijo Kawaramachi, take Kyoto City Bus number 12.
 
When to Get There
The grounds are open from 8:45am until 5pm, with last admission at 4pm. The Ninomaru Palace is open from 9am until 4pm. The castle is closed on Tuesdays in January, July, August, and December, and between December 26 and January 4.
 
Tokugawa Ieyasu’s Grave at Nikko
Travelers interested in the history surrounding Tokugawa Ieyasu, who lived in Nijo-jo Castle, should visit his memorial in Nikko. This town in the mountains in Tochigi Prefecture is easily accessible on a day trip from Tokyo. The Toshogu Memorial and other temples here, dating from the early 17th century, are some of the finest traditional architecture in Japan and are a UNESCO-listed site.
Address: Nijo-dori Horikawa, Kyoto, Kinki 604-8235, Japan
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Kyoto Moto Rikyu Nijo Castle

Kyoto Moto Rikyu Nijo Castle

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Nijo Castle, a world heritage that Kyoto is proud of. Beyond 400 years, to the stage of history Nijo Castle was built by Ieyasu Tokugawa in the 8th year of Keicho (1603) as an accommodation for the protection of the Kyoto Imperial Palace and the Shogun of the Shogun, and moved the remains of Fushimi Castle by the 3rd Shogun Iemitsu. (1626) completed. You can get a glimpse of the whole picture of the Momoyama period by combining Ieyasu's architecture of the Keicho period and paintings and sculptures made by Iemitsu.
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Kyoto Cultural Forest, Shrine and Temple Tour with Options

Kyoto Cultural Forest, Shrine and Temple Tour with Options

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This guided tour helps you discover lots of Kyoto’s dispersed temples, shrines, and cultural attractions in one day. Save time researching and planning your trip, by having the itinerary organized for you. Travel in an air-conditioned coach for a hassle-free day. Highlights include Kiyomizu-Dera Temple, Fushimi Inari Shrine, Sagano Bamboo Forest, and Tenryuji Temple.
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Kyoto and Nara 1 Day Trip - Golden Pavilion and Todai-ji Temple from Kyoto

Kyoto and Nara 1 Day Trip - Golden Pavilion and Todai-ji Temple from Kyoto

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Discover the history and religions of ancient Japan during this full-day exploration of Kyoto and Nara. See Kyoto’s UNESCO World Heritage-listed Kinkaku-ji and Nijo Castle, along with its Imperial Palace. Then drive from Kyoto to Nara to explore its own World Heritage Site, Todai-ji Temple (including Great Buddha Hall), plus Kasuga Shrine. You also visit Nara’s deer park and sample a Japanese and Western-style meal for lunch. Your Nara and Kyoto visit also includes a guide, coach transport, and all entrance fees.
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Kyoto Highlights 1 Day Trip - Golden Pavilion and Kiyomizu Temple from Kyoto

Kyoto Highlights 1 Day Trip - Golden Pavilion and Kiyomizu Temple from Kyoto

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Immerse yourself in the captivating culture of Kyoto on a full-day sightseeing tour. See the tranquil Kiyomizu Temple amid its verdant surroundings; absorb the Imperial majesty of Kyoto Imperial Palace; and stroll amid the botanical beauty of Kinkaku-ji Temple. Behold the beguiling beauty of the Fushimiinari Taisha Shrine and enrich your knowledge of Kyoto’s rich historical heritage with commentary from an informative guide. Moderate levels of fitness are advisable for this tour, on which a lot of walking occurs.
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  • 10 hours
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Nijo Castle and Imperial Palace Visit with Private Guide

Nijo Castle and Imperial Palace Visit with Private Guide

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Get a deeper insight into Japanese history than would be possible independently on this private guided tour of Nijo Castle and Kyoto Imperial Palace. As you explore the historic buildings, enjoy the undivided attention of your guide who introduces you to Japan's Edo period when it was under the control of a shogunate, and the establishment of Kyoto, the ancient capital.
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Kyoto Morning Tour - Golden Pavilion and Kyoto Imperial Palace from Kyoto

Kyoto Morning Tour - Golden Pavilion and Kyoto Imperial Palace from Kyoto

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Marvel at the some of the top UNESCO World Heritage-listed temples and palaces of ancient Kyoto on this half-day tour. This quick introduction to the sights of Kyoto covers Nijo Castle, Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion), and the Japanese Emperor’s former Imperial Palace—a perfect way to see the city if you’re short on time. Your guided morning Kyoto excursion includes entrance fees and transport between sites by coach.
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Private Highlights of Kyoto Tour

Private Highlights of Kyoto Tour

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Immerse yourself in the cultural and architectural splendor of Kyoto on this private tour, ideal for first-time visitors. Choose from two different routes, both of which cover major Kyoto attractions including Nijo Castle and Kiyomizu Temple, and explore the city with a personal guide. On the northwest-bound route, you’ll visit the Golden Pavilion, Nishiki Food Market, and the bamboo groves of Arashiyama Park. Alternatively, the southeast course covers the Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kiyomizu Temple, and the Gion area. Receive undivided attention from your guide on this private tour. 
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Kyoto Imperial Palace and Nijo Castle Walking Tour

Kyoto Imperial Palace and Nijo Castle Walking Tour

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This luxurious tour introduces all the important spots in Kyoto in one day: you can get to know the faith of the commoners of Japan, the characteristic food of Kyoto, the residence of the shogun, the palace of the Emperor, and also take a stroll through the geisha street. With this tour, you can deeply understand the lives and thoughts of the people of Kyoto and Japan.
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Kyoto Private Custom Walking & Sightseeing Tour

Kyoto Private Custom Walking & Sightseeing Tour

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Take control of your Kyoto sightseeing and visit only the sights you wish to see on this private walking tour. Ideal for first-time visitors, this tour lets you customize a half-day or full-day itinerary. Opt to visit the Golden Pavilion (Kinkaku-ji), Fushimi Inari Shrine, and Nijo Castle, or to stray from the beaten path to see an alternative side of Kyoto. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
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  • 2 to 8 hours
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Half Day Tour of Nijo Castle and Golden Pavilion in Kyoto

Half Day Tour of Nijo Castle and Golden Pavilion in Kyoto

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Explore two of Kyoto’s most famous attractions, Nijo Castle and Kinkaku-ji, during this 4-hour excursion to these two UNESCO World Heritage sites. Relive the era of the Japanese ‘shoguns’ (military leaders) in the 17th century during an hour-long visit to Nijo Castle. Continue on to Kinkaku-ji Temple, the beautiful ‘Golden Pavillion’ constructed in the 14th century by the Ashikaga clan. Your guide, entrance fees and round-trip hotel transport are also covered.
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  • 4 hours
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Private Custom Tour: Kyoto in One Day

Private Custom Tour: Kyoto in One Day

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Make the most of your time in Kyoto by booking a customized private tour with an expert guide. Create your own sightseeing itinerary, choosing from among dozens of cultural and historic landmarks, including 17 UNESCO World Heritage sites such as Nijo Castle or Kinkaku-ji Temple (Golden Pavilion), and Fushimi Inari Shrine. Choose either a half-day or full-day itinerary and travel via public transport accompanied by your guide. Transportation and lunch is included on this comprehensive and flexible Kyoto tour.
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Nijo-jo Castle Tour with Nationally-Licensed Guide

Nijo-jo Castle Tour with Nationally-Licensed Guide

Our nationally-licensed and experienced multilingual guides will introduce you to sides of Japan that ordinary tourists do not usually get to see. This short trip is a fantastic, value-packed way of experiencing Niji-jo Castle! We are here to help you discover and experience new places and things at Niji-jo Castle. Learn why the best example of feudal era castle architecture and a UNESCO World Heritage Site is significant in terms of history, culture, and art history. Come enjoy the tour, the best way to explore Nijo-jo Castle! Learn more about this 400-year old feudal era castle and UNESCO World Heritage Site, and its significance on Japanese history, culture, and art on this short, value-packed tour accompanied by one of our nationally-licensed and experiened English-speaking guides. Note*1: The Nationally-licensed Tour Guide-Interpreter certification is issued by the Japanese government requires a good knowledge and understanding of Japanese culture and history.
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Kyoto Private Tour with a Local: 100% Personalized, See the City Unscripted

Kyoto Private Tour with a Local: 100% Personalized, See the City Unscripted

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It can be daunting as a first-time visitor to Japan to cope with language barriers and navigate around a new place. On this Kyoto half-day tour, take the stress out of travel planning by having a local host plan your day. Explore one or two neighborhoods of your choice, walking past multiple top attractions and learning about Japanese culture from your guide. By traveling with a local, you learn about hidden secrets off the beaten track that tourists wouldn’t usually visit.
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Nijo Castle Official English Guided Tour

Nijo Castle Official English Guided Tour

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This tour is a guided tour by the Kyoto City Certified Interpreter Guide "Kyoto Municipal Visitors Host". While listening to a meaningful commentary on the guide, you can enjoy Nijo Castle by spinning around Ninomaru Garden, Nijo Castle and gardens. You can also enter places that are not open to the general public. Please join us!
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Kyoto Samurai and Geisha Town Private Tour

Kyoto Samurai and Geisha Town Private Tour

Kyoto has been the capital of Japan for over 1,000 years. Meanwhile, not only nobles, including Emperors and royal families, but also samurais, especially Shoguns, used to have a deep relationship with Kyoto. With this tour, you can visit gorgeous castles and temples founded by powerful Shoguns of different eras and learn about Kyoto and Japan’s history. Kyoto also prospered as a capital, then the traditional and unique culture, including geishas and a row of town houses has very well preserved. By visiting the world-famous Gion, you can experience traditional Japanese heritage. This tour starts a little bit early in the morning, but enables you to enjoy your day comfortably, avoiding crowds.
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  • 7 hours
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Kyoto Celebrated Sites One Day Tour

Kyoto Celebrated Sites One Day Tour

This tour includes 4 celebrated sites in Kyoto such as a palace, a castle and temples. The two temples on this tour are less crowded but venerated ones with rich histories. Both of them have beautiful gardens that invite us to pause and to refresh ourselves. At the first temple, you can step into the same room where retired emperors and princes used to stay. At the other temple, you will know how the first lady spent her last days after her husband, a samurai leader, passed away. Comparing the Imperial Palace with Nijo Castle helps you to understand the difference between the emperor and the shogun. In this tour, you will learn about the culture of nobles and warriors and touch the lives of emperors and shoguns.
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Kyoto & Nara Fully-Satisfying Two Days Tour

Kyoto & Nara Fully-Satisfying Two Days Tour

In this two-days tour, you will visit two cities that once prospered as the capital of Japan and have many attractions. As professional guides accompany you, you can manage your time efficiently and listening to explanations in detils enables you to understand Japanese culture and characteristics more deeply. Save your time and enhance the value of your travel with us!
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  • 2 days
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Kyoto & Osaka Splendid Two Days Tour

Kyoto & Osaka Splendid Two Days Tour

This two-day tour takes you to the famous tourist spots of the two cities representing Western Japan. In Kyoto, you will visit a temple and a castle built by shoguns from different eras, a summer resort area loved by nobles, and a geisha district. In Osaka, you will visit the castle, which was once built by an all-time samurai hero, and the entertainment district and shopping area, which are being frequented by common people. Through this tour, you can experience the culture and history different from Tokyo, and enjoy local specialties of these areas for lunch.
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  • 2 days
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Kyoto Splendid Nature, Castle & Garden Exploring Tour

Kyoto Splendid Nature, Castle & Garden Exploring Tour

Besides venerated temples and shrines, Kyoto is also a city rich in nature. In this tour, we will enjoy strolling around a picturesque landscape once loved by the nobles at the western end of the city. Afterwards we will visit the gorgeous Nijo castle built by the shogun. It shows off his power and authority, exceeding even that of the emperor. This castle witnessed the shogun and his family’s dominance of the nation from their rise to their fall. The castle is located at the center of Kyoto. Our last stop is one of the most famous zen temples in Japan situated at the bottom of Kyoto’s eastern mountains. Nanzenji Temple calms us down and invites us to the world of meditation.
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One day tour of the most popular places in Kyoto

One day tour of the most popular places in Kyoto

I am sure that you'll come to know Japanese tradition and culture by visiting these places. Of course we can arrange to visit the places which you would like to see in 8 hours. Kyoto has more than 1000 years of history, so there are many temples, shrines and other world heritage sites. In those places I chose most popular sites. I am sure that you will be satisfied with them and you feel the Japanese atmosphere. Kinkakuji temple is known as the temple of Golden Pavilion. It was built in the 14th century by Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu. It is one of the most popular sightseeing spots in Kyoto. After that, we'll visit Nijo castle, Kiyomisu temple and Gion district which are also must-see spots in Kyoto.
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  • 8 hours
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$308.87
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Japanese Tea Ceremony in authentic machiya house

Japanese Tea Ceremony in authentic machiya house

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Are you looking for an authentic tea ceremony? Our Tea Ceremony is held on the second floor of a 140-year-old traditional Machiya and led by certificated Tea Teacher who is born and based here in Kyoto. We can help you understand the correct manners for Tea and we offer with insights into the Way of Tea. After attending our class you will understand how to enjoy matcha tea,and you can enjoy at home. Please feel free to contact us for reservations, or with any questions you may have. We have organized our Tea space so it is accessible to anyone. You will sit on on tatami. You can sit on the chair if you would like to.We welcome children and the elderly.We are the member of Kyoto City Tourism Association.
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Exploring Kyoto - (Rakusei) Northwest

Exploring Kyoto - (Rakusei) Northwest

Delve into the top sights of Kyoto’s northwest (Rakusei) and central regions on this comprehensive private tour. Exploring the city with a guide saves you time navigating and researching, and it’s a great way to learn about Japanese history and culture. Top sights you’ll visit include Tenryu-ji Temple, Nijo Castle, and Kyoto Imperial Palace.
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Free Choice of Itineraries Kyoto Private Tour

Free Choice of Itineraries Kyoto Private Tour

This is a guided private custom Kyoto tour using by chartered taxi. Pick up at a hotel in Kyoto city. For the tour destination, choose four places where you are interested in Kyoto from the list below for your tour! Karesansui Rock Garden, Arashiyama Bamboo Groves, Togetsu Bridge, Kinkakuji Temple,Tenryuji Temple, Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine, Kiyomizu Temple, Nijo Castle, Kyoto Imperial Palace, Sanjusangendo. Enjoy the ancient temples , shrines and wonderful bamboo groves with historical explanations by professional guides. You will receive an email after booking your tour from this web page. Please reply to the email with the 4 tourist sites you want to visit. The price for the displayed tour does not include the charter car fares. The fares is 55000 yen on average. However, it changes with the parking lot and toll road to use on the day. Charter fares will be charged on the day of the tour. For details of the tour, you can look at inclusions excursions section of this web page.
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  • 8 hours
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Full Day Kyoto Chartered Taxi Tour

Full Day Kyoto Chartered Taxi Tour

This is a guided private custom Kyoto tour using by chartered taxi. Pick up at a hotel in Kyoto city. For the tour destination, choose four places where you are interested in Kyoto from the list below for your tour! Karesansui Rock Garden, Arashiyama Bamboo Groves, Togetsu Bridge, Kinkakuji Temple,Tenryuji Temple, Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine, Kiyomizu Temple, Nijo Castle, Kyoto Imperial Palace, Sanjusangendo. Enjoy the ancient temples , shrines and wonderful bamboo groves with historical explanations by professional guides. You will receive an email after booking your tour from this web page. Please reply to the email with the 4 tourist sites you want to visit. The price for the displayed tour does not include the charter car fares. The fares is 40000 yen on average. However, it changes with the parking lot and toll road to use on the day. Charter fares will be charged on the day of the tour. For details of the tour, you can look at inclusions excursions section of this web page.
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  • 7 hours
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$250.18
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Private Nijo Castle Sightseeing and Nishiki Food Tour

Private Nijo Castle Sightseeing and Nishiki Food Tour

This is a Nishiki market private tour using public transportation. The destinations of the tour includes Nishiki market, Nijyo castle and Kyoto imperial palace. Let's try many kinds of seafood and traditional Japanese food while learning from the professional guide about the history of Nishiki market! Take a tour to eat and drink like locals! As an example, there are shops such as Hedgehog wharf, sea urchin, fried fish cake, hamo(pike conger) , Japanese-style egg omelet and more. Meal charges are not included in this tour fee. The average food and drink price per person at Nishiki market is 3,000 yen to 4,000 yen.Depending on the menu you choose, these charges will change. Choose what you like and eat a lot at Nishiki market! After eating, enjoy the ancient buildings and the history about them. For details of the destination, you can look at the what to expect, inclusions and excursions section of this web page.
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  • 6 hours
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$166.79
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Nijo-jo Castle costs USD 11.72. Guided Nijo-jo Castle tours start around USD 11.72 per person. See all 49 Nijo-jo Castle tickets and tours on Viator.
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