Nijōjō (Nijō Castle)

  • Address: Nijōjō-chō, Horikawanishiiru, Nijō-dōri, Nakagyō-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto Prefecture
    ( rough location)
  • Built by: Tokugawa Ieyasu
  • Built: 1603

Tokugawa Ieyasu had a celebration here receiving the title of Shōgun and Tokugawa Yoshinobu, the last Shōgun of Tokugawa Shogunate, decided to return his political power to the emperor in this castle. Nijōjō had seen the beginning and the end of Tokugawa Shogunate.






The hip-and-gable of the "Nino-maru Castle"
Nijōjō is composed of two concentric parts, Hon-maru (the inner part)
and Nino-maru where stands this Castle, main building of Nijōjō




Phoenix




Ornamentation of a gate in the Ichino-maru




An exquisite carving of the wooden panel with openwork
over the entrance of Nino-maru Castle




The Pond with stone arrangements in the Nino-maru Garden - 1




The Pond with stone arrangements in the Nino-maru Garden - 2




The Gate "Karamon"
(restored in 2013 using about 60 thousands gold leaves)




Ornamental motif of Karamon




A tree trunk almost covered with "Noki-shinobu", Weeping Fern
or Lepisorus thunbergianus




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