Nijo-jo Castle

A castle protecting Japanese history till now

A castle protecting Japanese history till now

Ieyasu Tokugawa, the first general of Tokugawa, built the Nijo castle in 1603 to protect Kyoto Imperial Palace and as a base while proceeding to the capital. Stone walls were built with about 500 meters from east to west, 400 meters from north to south, and moats were found around the area. If you walk on the corridor of Ninomaru Goten, a Japanese National Treasure, it will make a sqeaky noise. Be sure to also visit the Imerial Palace where the Royal Family lived for 500 years before the capital moved to Tokyo.


541 Nijojo-cho, Nijo-dori Horikawa Nishi iru, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto 604-8301
Short walk from Nijojo-mae station 17-minute walk from Nijo Station (JR)
8:45-16:00 (Closes at 17:00)
*May vary between seasons
Ninomaru Palace
*May vary between seasons
Nijo-jo Castle and Ninomaru-goten Palace
December 29 – 31
Ninomaru-goten Palace
Every Tuesday in January, July, August, and December every year, January 1 – 3, and December 26 – 28 * When any of the above-mentioned days fall on a public holiday, Ninomaru-goten Palace will be closed the following day instead.
Child (Younger than elementary school age) free

Nijo-jo Castle only
620 yen

Nijo-jo Castle + Ninomaru-goten Palace
1,030 yen
Junior high and high school students 350 yen
Elementary school students 200 yen

Painting Gallery
100 yen