Every autumn, Nijo Castle holds its festival. This annual festival consists of several different events. Because this is the 20th anniversary of Nijo Castle being designated as a World Heritage Site, there are more events.
Most events are held on weekends, so for those who plan to come to Kyoto in fall and winter, it might be a good idea to visit Nijo Castle on the weekend to experience as much as possible.
Here’s the list of events for Castle Festival 2014
Opening Event (10/18): Miss Kimono Kyoto will hand out presents to promote the Castle Festival.
Traditional Puppet Show (10/18): A few traditional puppet shows are performed. Note that this is a paid event.
Local Product Market (10/18 – 11/24): Kyoto’s local products are gathered and sold at booths in Nijo Castle.
Art Aquarium (10/24 – 12/14): Read “Night Art Aquarium Event at Nijo Castle“. Note that this is a paid event.
Street Performance (11/16): Performances such as juggling and mime will be conducted.
Special Opening of Turret (12/16, 1/18): The turret on south west side will be open.
Falconry (1/11): Falconry performances & taking a picture with a falconer.
Special Opening on New Year Holidays (12/26, 12/27, 12/28, 1/1-4): Nijo Castle’s gardens will be open. Note that Ninomaru Palace will be closed.
For more fun and useful information, which will make your Kyoto Travel more exciting, meaningful and stress-free, please check our Kyoto e-Guidebook.