Japan is a country that is rich in culture and is also one of the countries with the longest period of history in the world. There is much to see and do here in the land of the cherry blossoms. Here are some interesting facts on the iconic landmark called Nijo Castle.
The idea for the castle was put forward by Tokugawa Leyasu, the founder of the Tokugawa shogunate. The complete construction of the castle was finished off in the year 1626. What remains now are the ruins that have stood the test of time. Many deities and feudal lords have been in and out of this castle during the years until it was finally made open to the public in 1939.
The highlight of the castle is, without doubt, the Nomura Palace. The palace consists of 5 buildings connected by corridors. The sliding doors and walls are decorated with intricate paintings by Kano Tanyu and his pupils. Not to mention, the wood carvings and a whole lot of gold leaf plating! The Nomura Palace was built this way to give out the idea of the shoguns power and wealth to visitors.
The palace is divided into four, the living quarters, the entertainment rooms, entrance halls and the kitchen. These divisions are linked by courtyards and corridors. Built in the late Edo architectural style, the palace is filled with paintings by Kano Eigaku and several other famous artists.
The magnificent gardens are a blur of pink, as cherry blossom trees fill the area, Japanese plum trees are also seen here. The Nimamura garden was landscaped by Kobori Enshu, a famous Japanese aristocrat, and artist. In this compound, you will come across a pond with 3 islands with meticulously arranged topiaries and rocks. The Castle is on everybody’s sightseeing list, tourists staying in hotels in Kyoto, such as the Citadines Karasuma-Gojo Kyoto do not miss out on the opportunity to step in and admire Nijo Castle.
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