The Beauty of Nijo-jo Castle - 1

Nijo-jo Series: The Castle in B&W

By Larry Knipfing    - 2 min read

I'm not big on castles, but I loved Nijo-jo. In fact, it's not really a castle at all, but was the home of all Tokugakwa Shoguns whenever they visited Kyoto from Edo (Tokyo). Started in 1601, and completed 25 years later, this beautiful monument to the magnificence of what Kyoto once was is truly amazing. Start with a walk through the main building. Notice the great detail everywhere you look. The grounds and garden are wide and spacious; a great complement to the moat that surrounds the entire area. Nijo-jo is colorful year round, and it is also beautiful in b&w.

The Beauty of Nijo-jo Castle - 1 Nijo-jo Series: The Castle in B&W

The Beauty of Nijo-jo Castle - 2 Nijo-jo Series: Details of the Castle

The Beauty of Nijo-jo Castle - 3 Nijo-jo Series: Subtle Autumn Colors

The Beauty of Nijo-jo Castle - 4 Nijo-jo Series: Green Tea in Seiryu-en Garden

The Beauty of Nijo-jo Castle - 5 Nijo-jo Series: Spring Delights in Kyoto

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Larry Knipfing

Larry Knipfing @larry.knipfing

Born on Long Island, New York in 1958, I have spent the last 30+ years of my life living in Japan, and enjoying every minute of it! I especially love photography, and Japan is definitely one of the most beautiful places in the world to photograph! (Visit my online gallery) My other love is fiction writing and I have published quite a few books that take place in Japan. Fun stuff! You can find them at my Amazon Author's Page. In addition to my writing, I have mainly been working in the field of corporate training, and at the same time have done a lot of photography. *Kamakura, and now Yokohama (both in Kanagawa Prefecture) have been my home for almost twenty years and are perfect places for me: Hilly, situated on the water, and with amazing histories. The rest of Kanagawa is equally amazing and includes the great Hakone onsen and spa area.  *Tochigi Prefecture, with World Heritage site Nikko, is one of the most beautiful places in the world, and not far from Tokyo.  *Fukui Prefecture, located in central Japan on the coast of the Japan Sea, is brimming with classic Japanese culture and great natural beauty everywhere you look. I really look forward to sharing ALL of Japan's beauty and magic with all of you. Website: Contact me: