· UNESCO world heritage site, flat land castle. Commissioned by Tokugawa in 1601 and finished by Tokugawa Iemitsu in 1626. Built to be the Kyoto residence of the Tokugawa shoguns. Parts of Hideyoshi’s Fushimi castle (main tower and Karamon gate) were moved here. The keep was destroyed by lightning in 1750 and never rebuilt. In 1788 the inner castle was destroyed by fire, and later replaced with the prince’s residence in 1893.
· In 1867, part of the palace became imperial property when the Cabinet moved in. Tokugawa’s mon was replaced with the imperial chrysanthemum mon.
· Castle equipped with “nightingale floors” which creak as alarms against assassins. Other rooms have special doors where the shogun’s bodyguard could sneak out to protect him.
|Still has cool walls though|
|And awesome gates!|
|And mosquito moat!|
There was no photography allowed inside the castle though, which consisted of many different rooms for the shogun to meet with various people.
Outside the castle is a lovely garden space, as well as a pond.
Though I can't say that Nijo-jo is my favorite castle, it is still really cool, and it's great that they left many things in their original style rather than turn it into a concrete shell of it's former self.