Motorikyu Nijo Castle | Japan Highlights Travel, for sightseeing around Tokaido

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[Motorikyu Nijo Castle]

A place that saw the beginning and ending of Edo Shogunate

This castle was built by Ieyasu Tokugawa in 1603 to protect the Kyoto Imperial Palace and was used as an accommodation for the Shogun when visiting Kyoto. A national tresure, Ninomaru Palace has many places worth seeing, for example, wall paintings by Kano school artists and ohiroma where Yoshinobu Tokugawa announced the restoration of imperial rule. Ninomaru Garden in a traditional style of Japanese residential architecture is a place of special scenic beauty designed by Enshu Kobori. Many flowering trees can be enjoyed throughout the year, like ume, sakura, satsuki and autumn foliage. Inside the Honmaru Palace is not open to the public. It was registered as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site.
Address 541 Nijojo-cho, Nijo-dori Horikawa Nishi-iru, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
Phone +81-75-841-0096 (Japanese only)
Opening hours 8:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Holidays December 26th to January 4th, every Tuesday of January, July, August and December (Wednesday if Tuesday is a holiday)
Admission fee Adults 600 yen, junior high / high school students 350 yen, elementary school students 200 yen
Access Take the Kyoto City Bus bound for Nijojo / Nishikamoshako from "Kyoto Station" of JR Tokaido Shinkansen for approx. 20 minutes and alight at "Nijojo-mae".
* Travel time by bus is only an estimate. The bus may be delayed or be suspended according to traffic conditions, etc.
URL http://www.city.kyoto.jp/bunshi/nijojo/english/index.html

updated on Jan 9, 2015

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