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Nijo-jo Castle


Nijo-jo Castle

541 Nijojo-cho, Horikawa-nishiiru, Kyoto

The towering walls and moat of this World Heritage-listed castle offer your family an authentic walk through Japan’s Edo-era history. Kids will likely find this castle — which dates back to 1603 — far less boring than a museum.

Explore the castle on your own or spring for the audio guide so you can share factoids as you happen upon each fascinating area. Tip: Arrive just after opening time in the morning to beat the crowds.


Open daily, 8:45 a.m. to 5 p.m.