Nijo Castle in Kyoto

Nijo castle was built in 1603 for the first shogun of the Edo period, Tokugawa Ieyasu. After the Shogunate fell in 1867 the castle was used as an imperial palace.  Visitors are allowed around the grounds but are prohibited from taking pictures during the paid tour of the inner buildings. The inner walkways were constructed with a method called nightingale floors, which squeak as they are stepped on to provide a security measure against intruders.

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