Monday, December 20, 2010

Japan - Day 11: Kyoto Imperial Palace, Nijo Castle & Kyoto Tower

30th November. It was the last day of the month and our final trip to Kyoto. The last destinations in the list were the Kyoto Imperial Palace, Nijo Castle and Kyoto Tower. As usual, we started our journey pretty early because we had to arrive at the Kyoto Imperial Palace before 10 a.m. to make reservations for our visit. Throughout the whole day, we had been walking non-stop. First, we walked from the Karasuma Oeke station to the palace. After we had finished our tour, we proceeded to the Nijo Castle on foot. Then, we stopped by a ramen stall to get ourselves filled up before taking the Keihan train to the Kyoto Station.

The Kyoto Imperial Palace (京都御所 Kyōto Gosho)
Kenrei-mon (建礼門), the entrance gate to Kyoto Imperial Palace.

A Chrysanthemum throne is kept inside the Shishinden main hall

Oike-niwa (御池庭) garden and pond
Oike-niwa (御池庭) garden and pond

Nijō Castle (二条城 Nijō-jō)
Nijo Castle (Nijojo) - built by Tokugawa Ieyasu, founder of the Edo Shogunate.

The pond of the Ninomaru Garden
The pond of the Ninomaru Garden

Walls and moat of the Nijō Castle

The overhead bridge at Kyoto Station
Kyoto Tower


  1. The pictures look so quiet.. not many tourists around? In a way, it is better.. you can take your own sweet time walking and taking pictures without waiting for someone to pass :)

  2. Claire:

    Another advantage of travelling on your own. There was once I spent almost half an hour just to take the best shot of a building.

  3. Hui Yin:

    Thanks... How's Taiwan?

  4. Taiwan = NICE PLACE !

    I'm spending all my time (Not including sleeping time) eating and eating and eating ... eating ... eating ....

    Taiwan egg tart very nice ~

  5. Nijo Castle is one of Japan’s most amazing castles. It was constructed in sixteen three originally, and was intended as the official residence in Tokyo for the first Tokugawa Shogun.



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