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THE NIJO-JO CASTLE OFFICIAL ENGLISH GUIDED TOUR (Updated)

May 31 , 2019

Tour times and prices are set to change to the following on June 1st, 2019.


The Nijo-jo Castle English Guided Tour is a 60-minute tour conducted by the “City of Kyoto Visitors Hosts”, professional guides certified by the City of Kyoto.
The foundation of Japan was created during the Edo Period, which was under Shogunate rule for 265 years. It all began and ended here at Nijo-jo Castle.
Let us look back at the various Shoguns and their stories, and learn about the influence the castle had from an historic and cultural perspective, and also about how it played a major role in the social structure of modern-day Japan. During this tour, you will also be granted access to an area which is not open to the public!
So, join us for a tour filled with passion and romance!

<Over view of the tour>

Time: Every day at 10:00 AM and 12:00 noon (excluding days on which the castle is closed)
・The castle is closed from December 26th to January 4th and Tuesdays in July, August, December and January (open if Tuesday is a National Holiday and closed the following day)
・The duration of the tour is 60 minutes.
・Tickets will be on sale from 9:30 AM to 12:00 noon
・Tickets are available on site or online.

Price:1,000 yen per person (Major credit cards accepted)
・admission fee for Nijo-jo Castle and Ninomaru Palace is not included
・1 free child (under 12 years of age) for every 1 adult
*Tour fee of 1,000 yen for second child onwards
*Children under 12 years of age must be accompanied
by an adult to participate in the tour.
*Children under 5 years of age are not permitted on tour.


<Contact>
For inquiries about guided tours and other private tours (aside from the 10:00AM and 12:00 noon tours), please contact MYK Enterprises.
E-MAIL: kyoto-tours@mykjpn.co.jp TEL: 075-252-6636 (Hours: 9:00-18:00 Monday to Friday)


<Important Notice>
・Tour is operated under first come first served basis(Maximum 15 people).
・Tour fee is non-refundable.
・The contents of the tour is subject to change without notice.
・As with the non-guided tours, you are not permitted to touch exhibits or take photos inside Ninomaru Palace.
・We are not responsible for any injuries incurred during the course of the tour.



The tour will be guided by the City of Kyoto Visitors Host, highly qualified interpreter guides specialized in Kyoto.
These guides are officially certified by the City of Kyoto and have undergone special training including an extensive curriculum of history, culture and traditional arts as well as guiding and communication skills.

Read an expat’s account of the Nijo-jo Castle Official English Guided Tour, as he discovers the story behind Kyoto’s magnificent Nijo-jo Castle, and even takes a peek into a typically restricted area!


For more information on Nijo-jo Castle, click the following link:
http://nijo-jocastle.city.kyoto.lg.jp/castle_guide/guide_tour/?lang=en


For more information on the City of Kyoto Visitors Host, click the following link:
https://www.kyotovisitorshost.com/en/