William Adams  ウィリアム・アダムス

Nijo-jo Castle, Kyoto



Tokugawa Ieyasu's Residence: Nijo Castle (二条城) in Kyoto


The castle's rich history begins in 1601 when Tokugawa Ieyasu, the first shogun of the enduring Tokugawa dynasty, ordered its construction to serve as the official residence of the shogun in Kyoto. The castle itself houses two palaces, the Ninomaru and the Honmaru.




Ninombaru-goten Palace

Nightingale Corridor

The floorboards of the Palace sound like the song of a nightingale when people walk down the corridor. This is caused by clamps moving againts nails driven into the wooden beams supporting the floor. It is said, mistakenly, that this was intended to annouce the presence of intruders.