Nijo Castle and Ninomaru Palace - Tour Guide (English)


Kyoto City Tourism Association




  • Visit one of Kyoto’s world famous World Heritage sites Nijo Castle and Ninomaru Palace!
  • Learn about the history of Japan as you wander around the castle and palace’s vast grounds.
  • Explore the exclusive area in Nijo Castle with a certified English-speaking guide,


Nijo Castle (二条城, Nijōjō) was built in 1603 as the Kyoto residence of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the first shogun of the Edo Period (1603-1867).

Explore the castle’s grounds and make your way to Ninomaru Palace, the home and office of the shogun during his visits to Kyoto.
Be in awe at the palace’s well-preserved rooms and beautifully decorated ceilings.

Nijo Castle can be divided into three areas: the Honmaru (main circle of defense), the Ninomaru (secondary circle of defense) and some gardens that encircle the Honmaru and Ninomaru. The entire castle grounds and the Honmaru are surrounded by stone walls and moats.

Enjoy a stroll around the palace’s traditional Japanese garden!

Important Information

  • ・For tour guide, please arrive at the meetup location at the east gate of Nijo Castle at least 15 minutes before the tour's starting time.
    ・Tour will start on time and no refund will be generated to latecomers.
    ・Please note that you have to follow the guide's instructions and do not leave the team without permission or conduct any dangerous behaviors. Neither operator nor guide would take the liability of any damage occurred under stated circumstance.


Guide language



- 60 minutes with an English-speaking tour guide

Not included

- Admission fee of Nijo Castle and Ninomaru Palace

- Any other expenses not stated in Inclusive Of

Required time 0 ~ 60 minutes
Cancellation Policy

(1) Cancellation made eight (8) days prior to the scheduled date of activities or earlier: No cancellation charge

(2) Cancellation made between seven (7) to four (4) days prior to the scheduled date of activities: 50% of the Participation Charges

(3) Cancellation made between three (3) days prior to the scheduled date to the scheduled date: 100% of the Participation Charges

Participation Condition

・Infant aged 0-5 are free of charge; Participant age: from 5-99 years old
・Each participants can bring 1 child aged 0-12 to join for free.
・The child has to be accompanied by an adult during the tour
・If you wish to bring more than one child to the tour, each additional child would have to purchase an adult ticket

Holding condition

・Full refunds will be issued for cancellations made at least 48 hours prior to the activity
・This activity is not applicable to the above Cancellation Policy. Please refer to the Holding condition


  • Nijo Castle and Ninomaru Palace - Tour Guide (English)

    Required time

    0 ~ 60 minutes

    Qualifying age


    from ¥ 900


Meeting point

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Kyoto City Tourism Association