Nijo Castle

Another UNESCO World Heritage site, Nijo castle is another must see in Kyoto.  The free Japanese garden is nice to walk around, and the castle buildings provide plenty of photo taking opportunities.

Budget travel tips

  • Come here early, as it takes a while to explore.
  • It’s best to take the bus here, as the subway can end up being quite expensive.

How to get there

From Kyoto station, take the No.9 bus to Nijojo-mae.

From other areas, take the bus to Nijojo-mae (large bus stop on maps).


Opening time: 8:45am to 4pm

Cost: Adults 600 yen, Childen 350 yen


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Published by Matthew Baxter

Matthew Baxter is a British travel author who lived in New Zealand and Japan for many years. Having traveled across these countries, without much money, he has built up an extensive knowledge of budget travel, and also worked at many leading tourism companies in both countries. He also writes professionally for several websites and publications, such as the GaijinPot, All About and the Japan National Tourist Association. Those heading to Taiwan should check out his new site, Taiwanna Travel.