View the Spectacular Wall Paintings of Nijo Castle’s Ninomaru Palace This Summer

13.May.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

Entry times to Nijo Castle are being extended this summer so that more people can have more time to enjoy exploring the wonders of this World Heritage Site.

Special entry to the castle’s Ninomaru Palace will also be available to the public which will include a viewing of its spectacular wall and ceiling paintings and transom carvings.

And for the first time in nine years, the famous Matsutaka-zu will be put on display once more, a famous Kanō school painting representative of Ninomaru Palace.

The Koun-tei teahouse is normally off-limits to the public, but for a limited time they will serve up a special seasonal breakfast. Just 40 will be served up each day.

Hamo Eel Aburi (July 1 – July 25)

Kamo Eggplant Dengaku (July 26 – August 16)

Sweetfish Iri Dashi (August 17 – August 31)

Enjoy an exclusive experience at Nijo Castle this summer and see the things you normally wouldn’t get to see.


  • Experience Hanami and Cherry Blossoms With Digital Art at FLOWERS BY NAKED 2020 – Sakura –

    18.March.2020 | SPOT

    FLOWERS BY NAKED is an annual flower-themed digital art event held by NAKED Inc. As part of this year’s event, FLOWERS BY NAKED 2020 – Sakura –, a special addendum event entitled “Nijo Castle Sakura Matsuri” will take place during the evenings at the World Heritage Site Nijo Castle From March 20 to April 12 this year.

    FLOWERS BY NAKED is an interactive digital art experience. It has been held at Nijo Castle during the autumns of 2018 and 2019, but this will be the event’s first time being held in Kyoto during the spring season. 2020’s theme is cherry blossoms, and this will be showcased in a number of wonderful ways.


    Prologue | NAKED BIG BOOK

    “NAKED BIG BOOK, a monument of the beginning of this exhibition, will show collaboration works by an artist Ryotaro Muramatsu and a photographer LESLIE KEE. LESLIE KEE contained energy into photographs as the quiet expression, and Ryotaro Muramatsu reinterprets his works to dynamic photography art.​”


    Arrival of Spring | Kara-mon Gate (Important Cultural Property)

    “Projection mapping expresses the coming of Spring on Karamon-Gate as an important cultural property.”


    Flowers Wall ~ SAKURA ~ | Inner Moat

    “Projection mapping of impressive sakura on the moats in Nijo-jo Castle. The landscape will transition following sakura.”


    Sakura Droplets | Seiryu-en Garden

    “A mystical space surrounded by real sakura where bubbles confined spring fragrance float as the sakura droplet.​ ​”


    The event is working on countermeasures against the coronavirus, such as installing disinfectants and having staff wear masks. It requests that visitors take normal measures against the infection such as cough etiquette and washing your hands. Click here for more information.