Nijo Jinya

Nijo Jinya © Iry

Nijo Jinya

Said to be founded in the early Edo period, during the Kanbun years (1661-1673). It is located off of Nijo Castle, and it was mainly used as lodging for feudal lords who lacked a house in Kyoto.


For the lords staying in Nijo Jinya it was not merely a house, it also had defense and fire protection measures. For example there's a hidden room to hide from enemies, hidden stairs to exit via a secret passage, fire walls, and a fire prevention well, so it's not just famous as one of the remaining samurai residences, it's also famous among tourists as "A house full of tricks" (からくり屋敷 Karakuri yashiki).

Privately owned cultural assets

The house is an important cultural property of Japan, but it is currently a privately owned house. There is admission every day except Wednesday by appointment, at 10:00, 11:00, 14:00, and 15:00 (total of 4 times). Each visit's capacity is 10 people (up to 20 in the case of organizations).

Since you cannot walk in please try to remember to make a reservation. If you inquire beforehand you can arrange an English guide. (Details on official website.)


From the Tozai Line's subway station Nijo Station it's a 3 minute walk. On the city bus line if you get off at Shinenen-mae, (神泉苑前) it's a 2 minute walk.

Description: Nijo Jinya

Sights Nijo Jinya (二條陣屋)
Address 137 Sanboomiyacho, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 604-8316, Japan
Phone / Fax Phone: 075-841-0972
Duration 1Hour(s)
Business Hours Monday:10:00-16:00 (Last entry by: 15:00)
Tuesday:10:00-16:00 (Last entry by: 15:00)
Thursday:10:00-16:00 (Last entry by: 15:00)
Friday:10:00-16:00 (Last entry by: 15:00)
Saturday:10:00-16:00 (Last entry by: 15:00)
Sunday:10:00-16:00 (Last entry by: 15:00)
Closed dates Wednesday NEW YEAR'S HOLIDAY
Admission Fee Pay admission: 1,000yen
Corresponding Language English
Recommended Season
Spring (March - May)
Summer (June - August) Autumn (September - November) Winter (December - February)
Recommended target Groups Child (ages 7-17) Adult (ages 20+) Single traveller

Map: Nijo Jinya