Nijo Castle in Kyoto, Travel Photo Mondays #21

Visiting Nijo Castle in Kyoto, Japan

Nijo Castle in Kyoto, Travel Photo Mondays #21

Capitol details of the royal pavilion

Touring the grounds of Nijo Castle

Today I’m taking you on a tour of Nijo Castle in Kyoto is centrally located in the city and was built 1626 for the current Shogun of Japan. Even though Edo (Tokyo) was the capital, Kyoto and this castle was the home of the imperial family and shogun (ruler).  Major fires destroyed various parts of the castle and grounds which were then rebuilt and placed to its full glory as a historic monument and Unesco World Heritage site.


Nijo Castle in Kyoto, Travel Photo Mondays #21

An overhead view of one of the royal palace grounds




Nijo Castle in Kyoto, Travel Photo Mondays #21

Ornate craftsmanship to the palace entrance


The grounds are quite large with two rings of walled fortifications and two royal palaces along with elaborate gardens that surround the palaces and fortifications. Unfortunately no pictures are allowed inside of the palaces so only exterior photos were taken of the grounds, gardens and palace exteriors. From some of the beautiful details of the exterior galleries and capitols, you can imagine how ornate and lavish the interiors were inside.

Here are a few photo highlights of the grounds and palace exteriors:


Nijo Castle in Kyoto, Travel Photo Mondays #21

A zen garden on the palace grounds




Nijo Castle in Kyoto, Travel Photo Mondays #21

Wood carvings for ventilation





Nijo Castle in Kyoto, Travel Photo Mondays #21

Palace grounds in black and white





Nijo Castle in Kyoto, Travel Photo Mondays #21

Detail craftsmanship


Nijo castle is a beautiful and historic place to visit and see what the typical royal residence would be like including self guided tours of the simple but elegant interiors of the royal chambers and reception areas.  To see more details and for more information about this historic site, visit the official website here.


Please check out these other posts on visiting Kyoto, Japan

Beautiful gardens of Kyoto, Japan

Bento lunch in Kyoto, Japan

Golden temple at Kyoto, Japan

Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto

Looking for Geishas in Kyoto

Japanese street food or Yatai


It was a fun visit to the Nijo Castle in Kyoto, I hope you enjoyed the tour for Travel Photo Mondays. Please come and visit the blogs below for more interesting places from around the world today.


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23 Responses to Nijo Castle in Kyoto, Travel Photo Mondays #21

  1. Ottawacsa.Com July 8, 2014 at 9:08 pm #

    Wonderful blog! I found it while surfing around on Yahoo News. Do you have any tips on how to get listed in Yahoo News? I’ve been trying for a while but I never seem to get there! Appreciate it

    • Noel July 9, 2014 at 10:21 am #

      Not really, I didn’t even know it was listed on the page, can you send me a link of this?

  2. Suzanne Fluhr November 30, 2013 at 11:59 am #

    We had the chance to visit this palace in Kyoto and your photos bring back the memories. Am I correct that this is one where the interior had purposely creaky bamboo floors so no one could sneak up and assassinate anyone?

    • Noel November 30, 2013 at 12:23 pm #

      Yes, wasn’t that a cool experience walking through the creaky floor….it’s a fun experience!

  3. NatureFootstep Travel November 21, 2013 at 12:45 pm #

    nice details on the bouildings.

  4. NatureFootstep Travel November 21, 2013 at 12:44 pm #

    beautiful details on the buildings.

  5. Kristin Henning November 20, 2013 at 12:06 pm #

    Thanks for adding this to the “History” link-up, Noel. I never tired (well maybe once) of seeing the incredible work – and the impressive natural surroundings – of the Japanese temples and castles.

  6. santafetraveler November 20, 2013 at 8:17 am #

    Wow, Noel! Wonderful photos. Love the architectural detail ones, especially.

  7. santafetraveler November 20, 2013 at 8:16 am #

    Wow, Noel. What a wonderful place and fab photos. Love that you got into the architectural details. I always enjoy those on interesting old buildings.

  8. Michele Peterson November 20, 2013 at 3:35 am #

    Love the detail in these photos from Kyoto! The famous Japanese architect Tadao Ando is designing a meditation space here on the beach in southern Mexico so we are quite excited to see what he creates. There is such a long legacy of amazing architecture in Japan.

  9. Neva Fels November 19, 2013 at 5:29 pm #

    What a beautiful castle. The woodcarving is amazing and I’m so glad I got to see it through your camera.

  10. Marisol@TravelingSolemates November 18, 2013 at 4:45 pm #

    Hi Noel, Nijo Castle looks majestic; too bad you can’t share any photos of the interior. It must be even more majestic. Love your photos as usual. I particularly like the first photos. The details are beautiful and sharp that it looks 3-dimensional.

  11. Mo November 18, 2013 at 4:12 pm #

    Great photos you got there Noel! Thumbs up!

  12. Jesh StG November 18, 2013 at 1:51 pm #

    The last woodcarving is exquisite! Most Japanese I know are perfectionistic, and it’s seen in the details!

  13. Catherine November 18, 2013 at 6:17 am #

    Gorgeous photos Noel… I’d love to visit Japan one day!

  14. Marysia @ My Travel Affairs November 18, 2013 at 12:57 am #

    Super details on those stunning buildings!

  15. Life Images by Jill November 17, 2013 at 8:06 pm #

    gorgeous detail in architectural carvings. Beautiful. Happy Mondays and thanks for hosting!

  16. muzachan November 17, 2013 at 7:49 pm #

    Beautiful photos…

  17. Mary {The World Is A Book} November 17, 2013 at 6:48 pm #

    Beautiful! Love the images and details you captured here. I can’t get enough of Japanese temples and castles. Hoping to make it to Kyoto next year.

  18. A November 17, 2013 at 5:23 pm #

    Awesome photos. I love Nijo Castle, such a great place…i particularly love the squeaky floors 🙂


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