Nijō Castle • Kyoto • Japan by William Bullimore

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Nijō Castle is a flatland castle located in Kyoto, Japan. The castle consists of two concentric rings of fortifications, the Ninomaru Palace, the ruins of the Honmaru Palace, various support buildings and several gardens. The surface area of the castle is 275,000 square meters, of which 8000 square meters is occupied by buildings.

In 1601, Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate, ordered all the feudal lords in Western Japan to contribute to the construction of Nijō Castle, which was completed during the reign of Tokugawa Iemitsu in 1626. Parts of Fushimi Castle, such as the main tower and the karamon, were moved here in 1625-26. It was built as the Kyoto residence of the Tokugawa Shoguns. The Tokugawa Shogunate used Edo as the capital city, but Kyoto continued to be the home of the Imperial Court. Kyoto Imperial Palace is located north-east of Nijo Castle.

The central keep, or donjon, was struck by lightning and burned to the ground in 1750.

In 1788, the Inner Palace was destroyed by a city-wide fire. The site remained empty until it was replaced by a prince’s residence transferred from the Kyoto Imperial Palace in 1893.

In 1867, the Ninomaru Palace was the stage for the declaration by Tokugawa Yoshinobu, returning the authority to the Imperial Court. Next year the Imperial Cabinet was installed in the castle. The palace became imperial property and was declared a detached palace. During this time, the Tokugawa hollyhock crest was removed wherever possible and replaced with the imperial chrysanthemum.

In 1939, the palace was donated to the city of Kyoto and opened to the public the following year.

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk II
Lens: Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM
Exposure: 3 exposures (-2,0,+2 EV)
Aperture: f/9
Focal Length: 16mm
ISO Speed: 200
Accessories: Manfrotto 190XB Tripod, Manfrotto 322RC2 Heavy Duty Grip Ball Head, Canon RC1 Wireless Remote
Date and Time: 6 April 2009 2.20pm

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  • Fred Mitchell
    Fred Mitchellabout 3 years ago

    An excellent range of natural tones, looks a very pleasant place to visit

  • Thanks very much mate.

    – William Bullimore

  • James Zickmantel
    James Zickmantelabout 3 years ago

    Congratulation on your feature in HDRI (No Holds Barred)!

  • Thanks very much for the feature.

    – William Bullimore

  • Sheila Laurens
    Sheila Laurensabout 3 years ago

    Thank you for submitting your wonderful image to
    All In, Editing


  • Thanks.

    – William Bullimore

  • Glenn Cecero
    Glenn Ceceroabout 3 years ago

    Congratulations on your prowess and thanks for bringing this image for me to see!

  • Thank you Glenn.

    – William Bullimore

  • Delfino
    Delfinoabout 3 years ago

    Very interesting, i once read the history of the Tokugawa shogunate for pleasure, ow i have a picture in my mind, thank you for that one!

  • Karen  Helgesen
    Karen Helgesenabout 3 years ago

    Beautiful image William! Japan must be a wonderful place to visit!

  • peaky40
    peaky40about 3 years ago

    Wonderful capture William

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkeabout 3 years ago

  • Gary Kelly
    Gary Kellyabout 3 years ago

    That tree on the right reminds me of the way a friend of mine stands. :) Great shot, William.

  • Dayonda
    Dayondaabout 3 years ago

    09 June 2011

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