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Kyoto Imperial Palace

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Address: 3 Kyoto-Gyoen Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto 602-0881, Kyoto Prefecture
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This location was the home of the Imperial Family until 1868 when the...

This location was the home of the Imperial Family until 1868 when the formal residence was relocated to Tokyo. Free, guided tours are given daily but only to those who have made reservations in advance.

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It used to be really hard to get inside this palace, but now they have made it easy. We could not get inside the palace due to renovations, but we did get to see some rooms and... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We visited here as part of a tour group and loved the fact that it had only been open to the general public for 2mths -hence no crowds. And it is free entry - strict security to get in but then you can do a self guided tour around the enormous buildings and grounds and get a sense of the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We showed up and decided to wait for the english tour and really enjoyed it. The tour guide spoke english very well. It was nice to have someone explain the grounds to us as we walked around.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It used to be really hard to get inside this palace, but now they have made it easy. We could not get inside the palace due to renovations, but we did get to see some rooms and tour the grounds. Worth the 1-2 hour time to spend here and the price of admission. There is also a nice tea shop... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were so taken back by the opportunity to see the location of the first Imperial Palace in Japan. Definitely a must do for those who cherish history!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited the Kyoto Imperial Palace as part of a bus tour, so we did not have a lot of time to spend on site. You have to be screened to enter (you wait in line and receive a visitor pass). Inside the grounds you will see beautiful architecture and gardens.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited on a cold but sunny day with our boys aged 7 and 9 years. We wanted a break from crowded temples and this was bliss! Our ryokan host highly recommended it and I'm glad that we came. There are two English tours at 1030am and 2pm. We did our own walking with the brochure - which you don't... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Kyoto was the capital of Japan for over 1,000 years so you can imagine how much history is in this building. It is impressive to see how well kept it has been and makes the tour around so much more enjoyable and relevant. I found the Shogun area and rooms very interesting, especially hearing about the complex rituals and rivalries.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

this by shear size is a great experience. always check your dates and timing to see they are open to get the full experience and take your time walking around. Enjoy

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Good place to understand how the palace in Japan is different from other countries. Arts, decorations, different rooms settings, ... demonstrate the unique Japanese culture.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

After visiting the Kinkakuji and since it's along the way back to Kyoto Station, I decided to shop here and take a look. Nice park outside the Imperial Palace. Inside the palace it's quite boring. Old architecture, some Japanese gardens. It's quite a walking distance from the subway too.

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No district of Kyoto is quite as representative of its blended nature as the City Center. By day, the covered shopping arcades along Kawaramachi and Shijo Street bring deal hunters and fashionistas out in droves to peruse the clothing, accessories, gifts, and home goods offerings. When it grows dark, the City Center is a hip spot for nightlife, alive with bars and clubs. A trendy culinary scene and an abundance of local watering holes give the Center its youthful vibrancy. In contrast, the quieter areas of the City Center seem a world away, shielded from noise by the foliage of the public gardens and zen spaces surrounding the area's shrines, castles, and the Imperial Palace. These ancient and sacred spots are seamlessly folded into the scenery, providing a respite from the energy of the city, but close enough to put you directly back onto the pulse of the city when you're ready.
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