Nijo Castle’s gleaming gate looks as good as new after repairs; TOMOYOSHI KUBO; The Asahi Shimbun


Japan – Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto (Kyoto, Uji and Otsu Cities)

KYOTO–Nijo Castle’s main gate is looking back to its majestic best after the completion of extensive repair to the entrance of the UNESCO World Heritage site in this ancient capital.

Higashi Ote-mon (East main gate), as the structure in Kyoto’s Nakagyo Ward is called, is designated an important cultural property by the central government.

The East main gate had been redesignated the entrance and exit for castle visitors, who had to come and go through the North main gate while the work was going on.

Tourists were seen passing through the refurbished gate as soon as the giant structure, back in its splendor with golden decorative metal fittings and other features, creaked open.

Nijo Castle was built by Tokugawa Ieyasu, founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate, in 1603.

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