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Exhibition and the Museum Collection

The Nijo Castle 400th Anniversary Gallery

The Nijo Castle 400th Anniversary Gallery was completed in March 2004 and opened on the 10th of October, 2005 to permanently preserve the original Ninomaru screen paintings. The paintings received Important Cultural Property designation in 1982 and the gallery was completed to celebrate the 400th year of Nijo Castle’s construction. The building is of innovative design,allowing visitors to view a part of the collection through glass in the same fashion as they were originally placed in the castle. Additionally, there are materials and metal ornaments related to the screens of the Ninomaru Palace in the entrance hall, and buried cultural properties excavated from within the castle grounds are also on display.

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2017 Gallery Schedule

Frolicking Tigers in a Bamboo Forest: Murals of the Tozamurai
April 20 (Thu.) through June 18 (Sun.)
Commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Restoration of Imperial Rule, Part 1: A Most Magnificent Display of Paintings
June 27 (Tues.) through September 3 (Sun.)
Commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Restoration of Imperial Rule, Part 2: The Setting for a Historic Event
September 14 (Thu.) through November 12 (Sun.)
A View of the Lake: Sumi-e Ink Wash Landscapes of the Shiroshoin
November 21 (Tues.) through January 28, 2018 (Sun.)

※The Gallery is closed each Tuesday (or Wednesday if Tuesday is a national holiday) of July, August, December and January, as well as from the 29th to the 31st of December.

Opening hours

9am - 4:45pm (No entrance after 4:30pm)
※Entry into Nijo Castle closes at 4pm
※Year end and New year period (26 - 28 December and 1 - 4 January) 10am - 3:45pm (No entrance after 3:30, entry into Nijo Castle closes at 3pm)

Entrance fee

100 yen (Primary school and above) ※Payment of entry into the castle is required.


Within the grounds of Nijo Castle (North of the rest area)

  • A Brief History of the Castle
  • Chronological Table of Nijo Castle
  • Ninomaru Palace
  • Honmaru Palace
  • The Nijo Castle Gardens
  • Flowers and Trees of the Four Seasaons
  • Wall Paintings
  • Links

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