Nijo-jo Castle, Kyoto, Japan

Date of visit: 04 July 2016

Ticket price: ¥600/adult, ¥200/elementary children

Opening hours: 9am - 4pm

The castle was originally built in 1603 as the official Kyoto residence of the first Tokugawa Shogun, Ieyasu. It was completed in 1626 by the third Tokugawa Shogun, Iemitsu. It was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994. Total site is 275,000 m2 and buildings 7,300 m2.

To enter inside the castle we must put off our shoes/sandals. No photo, food and drink allowed. What’s unique about this castle is that the wooden floor made a squeeking sound everytime we step on it, to prevent ninja sneaking inside. If you check below the castle outside, you can see metals between the woods that produced the unique sound.

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