The Nijo castle is a flatland castle in Kyoto. It has two concentric rings of fortifications, which surround the Ninomaru Palace, the ruins of the Honmaru Palace, various support buildings and several gardens. Construction of the castle started in 1601 under Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate and was completed during the reign of Tokugawa Iemitsu in 1626.

01 Karamon gate 02 Karamon gate detail 03 Ninomaru palace 04 Kurumayose gate to palace 05 Rear view of Karamon gate
06 Roof detail 07 Roof detail 08 Bronze bell 09 Side view of Ninomaru-goten 10 Pond and park
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