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Nijo Castle, Kyoto

  Feb 2nd, 2011

Nijo Castle (Nijojo) in Kyoto is a great place to visit in any season. The gardens are perfect for a peaceful walk, and the Ninomaru Palace in the grounds is well worth seeing and hearing the guides explanation of historical life at this site. The Castle was built in 1603 and is now a World Heritage site.

Nijo Castle

Looking out over the Nijojo buildings from a high vantage point

The outer entrance to Nijo Castle

The outer entrance to Nijo Castle

Looking back through the main entrance gate

Good to see the school groups going through the historical grounds

Good to see the school groups going through the historical grounds

One of the main buildings which has the Nightingale wooden floors that creak to let you know if an assassin is approaching

The Ninomaru Palace which has the Nightingale wooden floors that creak to let you know if an assassin is approaching

Nice symmetry in the gate and building

Beautiful sunny day in Kyoto

The main hall stands out above the trees

The main hall stands out above the trees

Lots of detail on this entrance way

Lots of detail on this entrance way

The pond is a very gentle and calm and scene

The pond is a very gentle and calm and scene

Rock gardens

Rock gardens

Attention to detail on this roofline

Attention to detail on this roofline

The wooden structures have a nice color to them

The wooden structures have a nice color to them

The changing colors of Autumn

A meeting hall

A meeting hall

One of the gates inside the gardens

One of the gates inside the gardens

Beautiful surrounds

Beautiful surrounds

Entrance to a tea house

Entrance to a tea house

What a beautiful garden to walk around

Autumn colors

Autumn colors

The gardens and structures blend together well

The gardens and structures blend together well

Very nice pathways to walk down and admire the trees

Very nice pathways to walk down and admire the trees

A little mix of momiji in here

A little mix of momiji in here

Momiji

Momiji

Getting close up

Getting close up

and again

Tg.Hazu says:

your photos are master-class! what kind of camera do u use?

Shibuya246 says:

Thank you. I mainly use a Nikon D700, sometimes a Lumix GF-1

christino says:

The Nijo Castle is a symbol of the power of the Tokugawa Shogunate. It is a nice destination to come along with family and friends.
http://www.historicaltravelguide.com/nijo-castle.html

Its been a while since I visited ur blog and now I remember why I nicknamed ur blog “eyecandy” :P

As always, superb photography :3

Shibuya246 says:

Thank you. so nice to see hear from you :)

perdomot says:

Visited here last May when I couldn’t get into the Imperial Palace on time. Lovely place and the colors are awesome. My pics are all green leaves so the change is startling.

 

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