In Kyoto

Nijo-jo Castle | spring in 2024

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Among the beautiful spots in Kyoto, Nijo Castle is particularly popular with tourist. Inside the castle, numerous trees are planted, which bloom with beautiful flowers in each season, delighting visitors. However, since the blooming period is short, it is necessary to gather information in advance and decide on the date and time of your visit. Here is that information.

Types of Cherry Blossoms

When it comes to typical flowers of spring, cherry blossoms are a prime example.At Nijo Castle, there are about 50 varieties, totaling approximately 300 cherry trees planted, with a particularly large number of late-blooming cherry trees.

In 2023, the late-blooming cherry blossoms flowered from early to mid-April. However, the blooming period of cherry blossoms depends on the temperature of that particular year.

Gosho Mikuruma Gaeshi 

Cherry blossom Variety "Gosho Mikuruma Gaeshi" in Nijo-jo Castle
Cherry blossom Variety “Gosho Mikuruma Gaeshi” in Nijo-jo Castle

“Gosho Mikuruma Gaeshi” is a hybrid variety of late-blooming cherry blossoms with 5 to 7 petals.  The cherry blossom  variety ”Mikuruma Gaeshi “ is added the name of  “Gosho” because it was bred and improved at the Kyoto Imperial Palace “Gosho”. At Nijo Castle, these cherry trees can be found near the entrance of the Karagomon and at the entrance of the Ninomaru Garden.

Shirtae

Shirotae cherry blossom in Nijo-jo Castle
Cherry Blossom Variety “Shirotae” in Nijo-jo Castle

“Shirtae” is a variety of late-blooming cherry blossom that produces flowers with more than 15 petals. The buds are pail pink, but when they bloom, they produce large, beautiful white flowers. This variety was bred along the Arakawa embankment in Adachi Ward, Tokyo. It is located to the northeast of the Nijo-jo Castle area.

Shibayama

Cherry Blossom Variety "Shibayama" in Nijo-jo Castle
Cherry Blossom Variety “Shibayama” in Nijo-jo Castle

“Shibayama” is a variety of late-blooming cherry blossom that produces large, five-petaled white flowers.It produce leaves with the flowers at the same time. Shibazakura is planted in the same location as Shiromiyabi, on the north side of the Ninomaru Palace, between it and the Seiryu-en Garden.

Yaebeni Shidare

Cherry Blossom Variety “Yaebenishidare” in Nijo-jo Castle

“Yaebeni-Shidare” is a variety of weeping cherry blossom that produces more than 15 petals per flower. It is a late-blooming cherry blossom and has the feature of producing leaves around the time the flowers fall.

Somei-Yoshino 

“Somei-Yoshino” is the most popular cherry blossom in Japan. It is widely planted along streets and rivers. As it is a genetically hybrid variety, it is propagated through cuttings rather than from seeds. This results in clones with identical genetics, which bloom simultaneously, a distinctive feature of this variety. Generally, Somei-Yoshino cherry trees bloom in late March. At Nijo Castle, there is a specimen tree of this variety.

Map of Nijo-jo Castle’s cherry blossom trees

Information

Day time

Open Hours

PlaceTime
Nijo-jo castle 8:45 – 17:00(the reception close at 16:00)
Nijo-jo Castle and Ninomaru-goten Palace8:45 – 16:10

Regular holiday
・Nijo-jo castle 
December 29th to 31st

・Ninomaru-goten Palace
Every Tuesday in January, July, August, and December, January 1st to 3rd, and December 26th to 28th

※When any of the above-mentioned days fall on a public holiday, Ninomaru-goten Palace will be closed the next day instead.

Entrance fee

PlacePrice 
Nijo-jo castle Adult : 800yen
Junior high school : 400yen
Elementary school : 300yen 
Nijo-jo Castle and Ninomaru-goten PalaceAdult : 1300yen
Junior high school : 400yen
Elementary school : 300yen 

※Entrance fee is free for children younger than elementary school age.

Night illumination

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Open hours

PlacePeriodTime
Nijo-jo castleMarch 8th – April 7th6PM – 10PM(Reception closes at 9PM)

Entrance fee

DayEarly reservation(Until March 7th)Normal reservation
Monday – ThursdayJunior high school students and above : 1,600 Yen
Junior school : 1000 Yen
Junior high school students and above : 2,000 Yen
Junior school : 1,200 Yen
Friday – Sunday 
and Holiday(March 20th)
Junior high school students and above : 2,000 Yen
Junior school : 1,400 Yen
Junior high school students and above : 2,400 Yen
Junior school : 1,600 Yen
Special day
(March 23rd and 30th)
Junior high school students and above : 2,400 Yen
Junior school : 1,800 Yen
▶︎Reservation Tickes only 
Junior high school students and above : 2,800 Yen
Junior school : 2,000 Yen
▶︎Reservation Tickes only 

Here is online reservation Ticket site : https://klook.tp.st/4G9jtR8n

Adress

541 Nijojocho, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto, 604-8301

Link

Official site
Nijo-jo Castle

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