The historical Motorikyu Nijo Castle

The historical Motorikyu Nijo Castle

Carvings colored with vivid paints

The first place where visitors see when visiting Nijo Castle is the Karamon, which is a gate with curved ceiling and gourgeous decorations.

The gate, decorated with carving of cranes, turtles, peony is simply stunning.

Historically precious Ninomaru Palace

Unfortunately, taking photos is prohibited in the palace. However, visitors can enjoy viewing the gorgeous decorations.

The famous main hall is decorated with luxurious design, such as a pine tree extending towards the seat of the general and the painting of a peacock which is considered to be elegant.

You can also feel the history of the building by walking through a hallway with “Uguisu-bari” design, which is designed to make noise when walking for the meaning of safety.

The beautiful garden in the castle

The symmetrically-designed pine tree can be seen in the garden.

This pine tree illustrates the hope of one’s prosperity.

The beautifully maintained garden is simply astonishing to see.

The large Ninomaru Garden

This garden was designed to be seen from multiple angles and the main tower was supposed to be seen from the main hall through the garden.

The garden is designed to be enjoyed from any building surrounding the garden.

The powerful design of rocks and somewhat exotic sago palm brings a unique inpression to the visitors seeing the garden.

The castle you want to take time seeing

In the castle, there are plum tress where visitors can see white, red, and weeping plums from the end of February to March.

There are seasonal flowers like cherry blossoms, azalea, winter hazel, and dogwoods. Also, there are trees which visitors can enjoy the autumn leaves.

Name of the facilityMotorikyu Nijo Castle
Address604-8301 541 Nijojocho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto-fu
Nearest stationApproximately 5 minutes walk from Nijojo-mae station (Tozai subway line)
Nearest bus stopApproximately 2 minutes walk from Nijojomae stop (City bus)
Business hours8:45-17:00 (Final entry at 16:00)
Regular holidayContact the reception counter
Admission feeEntrance fee Adult 600 yen, Middle/High school student 350 yen, Elementary school student 200 yen, Younger than elementary school student free