Nijo Castle

Continuing our exploration of Kyoto, we visited Nijo Castle. Built between 1601 and 1626, the castle was the residence and governing seat for the Tokugawa shōguns. The Tokugawa shogunate was the military government of Japan from 1603 to 1868, with the hereditary position of shogun, or “Commander-in-Chief of the Expeditionary Force Against the Barbarians“ being held by the head of the Tokugawa clan.

We were only allowed to take pictures of the surrounding gardens and outsides of the castles buildings, so unfortunately we can’t show you the interior of the Ninomaru Palace, which housed reception rooms, offices and the shōgun‘s living quarters, and is an absolute dream for admirers of wooden architecture, wood carving and Japanese mural paintings.

Please enjoy a few pics of the gardens surrounding Nijo Castle!

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