Afternoon peeps! It's Sunday again! I am back for another weekly update! This time round, I will be posting about my visit to Nijo Castle, Kyoto! Nijo castle is one of the attractions in Kyoto which is quite popular with the locals and tourists. The castle also top the Kyoto's most visited attractions list on Japan-Guide.com
. The castle was earned its name as one of the UNESCO world heritage site in 1994.
It's about a 5-min walk from the nearest subway station. Entry fees to the castle cost ¥600. The castle ground is wide and spacious. I took roughly an hour to cover the whole attraction! Coming here, one of the must-see(s) is the Ninomaru Palace
. Before entering, you will be asked to remove your shoes. Please kindly be a considerate tourist, yea? Hahas.
My ticket to the castle
Karamon Gate (唐門)
Details of the gate
After finishing exploring the palace, you can tour around the gardens outside and led to the Honmaru Palace
area where the palace is usually closed to the public. Honmaru was the site of a second palace complex and has a five story castle keep. However, both structures were destroyed by fires in the 18th century and were never rebuilt. After the fall of the Tokugawa shogunate, an imperial residence was moved from the Katsura Imperial Palace
to Nijo Castle's Honmaru
where it remains today as the Honmaru Palace
. - Cited from Japan-Guide.com
View of the castle ground from Honmaru
After leaving Honmaru, I am greeted with tons of beautiful autumn trees. I must say the views were pretty fantastic. Overall, I really enjoyed my stay at Nijo Castle. A good place to spend your afternoon away too, I think? Hahas.
Row of trees towards the exit
Kyoto's Nijojo (元離宮二条城)
Opens daily: 0900 hrs to 1600 hrs
Closed during these periods for castle maintenance! (Annually)
26 Dec ~ 4 Jan
All Tuesdays during Jan, Jul, Aug and Dec
Story Closed on 19.06.2016
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