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History Brought to Life at Nijo-jo Castle in Kyoto

Nijo-jo Castle

Nijo-jo Castle


The first Tokugawa shogun, Tokugawa Ieyasu (1543–1616), began building Nijo-jo Castle in 1601 as his Kyoto residence. It remained the Kyoto residence of subsequent shoguns, who ruled from Edo (now Tokyo), until the end of the military government in 1867.

The castle has been the site of many major historical events which include the Imperial visit of Emperor Go-Mizunoo (1596–1680), the declaration of Japan's return to full emperorship in 1867 and the coronation festivities of Emperor Taisho (1879– 1926) in 1915.

Delve deeper into the castle's role in Japanese history through special programs and exhibits geared toward international visitors in December 2019.


Subsidized Project
History Brought to Life at Nijo-jo Castle in Kyoto
Subsidized Organisation
Living History in Kyoto Nijo-jo Castle Council
World Heritage Site・Nijo-jo Castle
December 2019