Imposing, overwhelming, awesome? I think all three of those words are pretty accurate descriptions of Niji Castle. Despite the fact that it is now a tourist site, there is a sense of intrigue that has not been lost over the centuries and you feel that when you step into Ninomaru Palace which is located within the castle. It is within Ninomaru Palace that you feel as though you are back in the Edo Period as there are beautiful artwork, tatami mats and mannequins displaying the daily life of court. I wished I was able to share a photo but due to the vulnerability of the artifacts photography was prohibited. If the chance ever arises to allow you to walk through these gates, I say go for it without hesitation.