[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 Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto|
|Phone||+81-75-841-0096 (Japanese only)|
|Opening hours||8:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Last admission at 4:00 p.m.)|
|Holidays||December 29th to 31st
* Every Tuesday of January, July, August and December. December 26th to 28th, January 1st to 3rd : Only the garden is open (Ninomaru Goten is closed to the public)
|Admission fee||Adults 600 yen, junior high / high school students 350 yen, elementary school students 200 yen|
|Access||Take the Kyoto City Bus from "Kyoto Station" of JR Tokaido Shinkansen for approx. 20 minutes and alight at "Nijojo-mae" and walk for approx. 5 minutes.
* Travel time by bus is only an estimate. The bus may be delayed or be suspended according to traffic conditions, etc.
updated on Mar 30, 2018
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