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Kyoto’s Nijo Castle to Hold 150th Anniversary of Restoration of Imperial Rule

The 150th anniversary of the restoration of imperial rule is a commemorative project that is linked with cities associated with the loyal supporters of the twilight years of the Tokugawa shogunate, starting with Nijo Castle, which served as the main stage of such restoration. There will be various events held in line with this project this October, including a stamp rally. <※The information in this article is from KansaiWalker (issued on July 4, 2017).>

A World Heritage Site packed with events in summer!

Nijo Castle will be filled with many fun events in summer, such as the early opening of the castle for the first time this year, the commemorative project for the 150th year of restoration of imperial rule, and modern art exhibition joined by Yayoi Kusama and other artists. Further, in celebration of the completion of the restoration of the Higashi Ote-mon Gate that started in 2014, this gate will be opened to the public for special viewing inside the premises until September 30th.

The Ichinoma chamber that illustrates the restoration of the imperial rule (shown in photo) and the massive Karamon (a type of large gate) are must-see spots.

The castle will be open early! Explore inside on a nice and cool morning

The castle will open starting 7:00 am, so you will be able to take a stroll inside while enjoying the cool air in the morning. On Tuesdays, the typical day when the castle is closed, the garden will be open, but only in July and August (400 JPY fee every Tuesday from July through August). The opening of the garden will end on August 31st (Thurs.).

During the period when the castle is open early morning, there will also be special breakfast available at the restaurant Kountei that is not usually open. You need to make a reservation at least until 4:00 pm the day before you arrive. Try the Kyo no Yuba Kayu Gozen (meal of congee with tofu skin) (2,500 JPY) from Kyoryori Isobe.

Limited-period illumination in line with “Kyo no Tanabata”

In August, which falls in the month of July under Japan’s old lunisolar calendar, the Kyo no Tanabata is held all over Kyoto with the theme “wishes”. At the Motorikyu Nijo-jo (former Imperial Villa Nijo Castle), the Higashi Ote-Mon Gate and the Ninomaru Garden are lit up during this period.

Enjoy an important cultural property and special place of scenic beauty that floats in the beautiful lights. Feel that magical sensation that is completely different from the vibe during daytime.

<Period: August 2nd (Wed.) – August 14th (Mon.), Time: 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm (last entry at 9:00 pm), Rates: To be determined>

Motorikyu Nijo-jo

541 Nijojo-cho, Nijo-dori Horikawa Nishi-iru, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto

A gathering of 25 teams, including Yayoi Kasuma! Modern art exhibition to be held

At the Asia Corridor Contemporary Art Exhibition of the Culture City of East Asia 2017 Kyoto, contemporary artists from Japan, China, and South Korea will be showcased. The Motorikyu Nijo-jo, the main venue of the event, will feature works of art that are arranged in a circuit-style design to allow guests to appreciate them while they walk around.

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<Venue: Motorikyu Nijo-jo, Kyoto Art Center, Period: August 19th (Sat.) – October 15th (Sun.), Phone: 075-661-3755 (Kyoto Itsudemo Call), Hours: 8:45 am – 5:00 pm (final entry into the castle at 4:00 pm), the Kyoto Art Center is open from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm, Rates: 600 JPY for the same day (paid area exhibition ticket) ※Kyoto Art Center is free of charge>

Kyoto Art Center

Yamabushiyama-cho, Muromachi-dori Takoyakushi-sagaru, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

Motorikyu Nijo-jo

<Phone: 075-841-0096, Hours: 8:45 am – 4:00 pm (castle closes at 5:00 pm), and 7:00 am – 4:00 pm (viewing of Ninomaru Goten castle is at 8:45 am – 4:00 pm) during the period when castle opens early (until August 31st (Thurs.)), Closed: Inquire with the castle (On Tuesdays in July and August, the Ninomaru Goten will not be open to the public ※Does not include the toilets), Rates: Adult (600 JPY), Middle/high school students (350 JPY), Elementary school students (200 JPY), Parking: 120 slots (1,000 JPY for first 2 hours, 200 JPY/hour for the succeeding hours), Access: 5-minute walk from the Subway’s Nijojo-mae Station>

[This article was originally published in Walkerplus on 07.27.2017]

*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.

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