Tuesday, October 2, 2012

The walls of Nijo-jo Castle - Kyoto, Japan

I went with the guy that was staying at the house to Nijo-jo Castle! We rode some bikes on down the main road to get there. There was a lot at the time that was under construction but it was still a nice overcasting day!
This interesting castle has two walls of fortifications! In 1601, the founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate (Tokugawa Ieyasu) sent the order to all Feudal Lords in Western Japan to help construct the castle. It was finished in 1626. It was the home for the Tokugawa Shogunate in Kyoto. In 1939 it was donated to the city of Kyoto and soon made public for the people to visit!

Now when I first walk in you see is the Ninomaru Palace!

Out front before my friend and I entered the palace, there were tree Japanese high school students that came to us and offered to be free tour guides. they are part of their schools English speaking club and was there to practice there English speaking.

Here was my ticket! for entrance, it was 600 Yen


The Palace grounds...


There is an inner and out wall both with moats and this is the inner moat inside the grounds...


This is the pond of the Ninomaru Garden...

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The Palace is really wonderful to see and it was designed in a zigzag pattern.


View over the Honmaru Palace...

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