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Tickets for Nijo Castle: Guided Tour in English

Shoguns, samurai history and exclusive access to 'off-limits' areas

Nijo Castle
Ninomaru Palace
Flexible ticket: cancellable up to 24 hours before visit date
Instant ticket delivery
Duration: 1 hour
Wheelchair accessible
Live guide: English
Smartphone tickets accepted
  • Get a proper grasp of Japanese history, samurai culture, and the major events that took place in this castle
  • Walk around the famous Ninomaru Palace Garden, renowned for its size and beauty – and perfect for photos
  • See exclusive parts of Nijo Castle that other visitors don't get to see, with an expert English-speaking guide

The imposing Nijo Castle was built as a residence for Tokugawa Ieyasu, the first shogun of the Edo Period, and has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1994. Get up close to its fortifications, palace, gardens, and walk along the 'nightingale floors' – which creak like birds when walked upon to detect assassins or thieves.

Once you've bought your tickets separately for Nijo Castle, you'll be taken inside for an exclusive tour and get access to parts that other visitors don't get to see!

What's included
60-minute English guided tour with a city-certified guide
Access to the secret area of Nijo Castle + photo session
Admission fee for Nijo Castle and Ninomaru Palace (to be paid on-site)
Additional info

Shoes cannot be worn inside Ninomaru Palace, so please be sure to wear socks.

Cancellation policy
  • Cancellations are possible up to 24 hours before your visit date
  • Changes are not possible for this ticket
  • Purchase your tickets to enter Nijo Castle at the ticket booth at the main entrance (Higashi-otemon Main Gate), and go through the gate
  • Show your smartphone ticket to the guide waiting for you in the yard, at the right hand side just after the entering gate
Opening hours
Nijo Castle
Sunday 08:45 - 17:00
Monday 08:45 - 17:00
Tuesday 08:45 - 17:00
Wednesday 08:45 - 17:00
Thursday 08:45 - 17:00
Friday 08:45 - 17:00
Saturday 08:45 - 17:00
Ninomaru Palace
Sunday 09:00 - 16:00
Monday 09:00 - 16:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 16:00
Thursday 09:00 - 16:00
Friday 09:00 - 16:00
Saturday 09:00 - 16:00
How to get there
Nijo Castle
541 Nijojocho, 604-8301, Kyoto
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Ratings & reviews
4 Reviews
Dec 24, 2019
It’s a value for money experience.
May 12, 2019
A+ experience. So cheap and super informative. Hitomi was an amazing guide. Not only did she have an incredible amount of information about the Castle that you wouldn't get if you just walked around by yourself, she also helped us understand other aspects of Japan and the culture / history not related to the Castle. You also get to go into areas that are off limits to the general public. Can't recommend highly enough. If your visiting the Castle, do this tour or miss out on 90% of the history and therefore your understanding of what you are seeing.
May 11, 2019
Interesting and informative; excellent and sympathetic guide.

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