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Kyoto Imperial Palace

3 Kyoto-Gyoen Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto 602-0881, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-211-1215
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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.
As featured in 3 Days in Kyoto
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3 Kyoto-Gyoen Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto 602-0881, Kyoto Prefecture
City Centre
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+81 75-211-1215
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"gardens are beautiful"
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Reviewed today

Well preserved historical palace that gives first hand perspective of Japanese architecture and elegant simplicity.

Thank Kehaar_1607
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Hope you enjoy looking at the outside of the buildings cause that's all you're going to get. Personally, I wasnt impressed. Take your pictures, walk on the gravel a safe distance from anything, gain very little knowledge from the placards, act like you are excited...More

Thank Jennifer B
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

There is a route you must follow. Only the exterior of buildings are viewed. The gardens are very nice. At the entrance there is a video to watch. In a few areas one can see into rooms through glass. Some paintings are exhibited. Nice walk...More

Thank christinerd
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Reviewed 4 days ago

I had my doubts about this place because their website is confusing (stating you need to apply for a reservation/visit) and the mixed reviews here. However, we showed up at 9:30am and sure enough we got into the free, guided tour (in English) that started...More

Thank mrsdagle
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We walked to the palace grounds only to find the place was closed - not only for that day, but also the next two days. There were dozens of tourists in the same boat as us - so it is strongly recommend that you check...More

Thank Mike H
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Lot of history here! Beautifully manicured and maintained. Fortunately there were not many visitors, so we even got some photos without people in them.

Thank Charlie S
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We got to the Palace as it opened at 9.00am so were part of a small group of people visiting at the time. You can wait in the waiting room for a free tour or wander around yourself. A lot of the palace grounds are...More

Thank Jessica W
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We did Nijo and here the same day. There is no entry fee and some parts are spectacular, but again lots of gravel and not much shade so can get a bit warm in a hot day. If you’re getting board to temples and palaces...More

Thank Michelle W
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Kyoto Imperial palace is located approximately 10 minutes by train from the Kyoto main station. In addition to the Imperial Palace there is a beautiful garden. Please find the pictures attached:

Thank maciejbosak
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a huge area with parks and ancient trees. The palace itself was rather plain but full of history, especially viewing some of the screens. You can’t go inside any of the buildings though, which was rather disappointing but then again it was free....More

Thank fizzy1991
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adam r
3 May 2018|
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Response from YTCHENG | Reviewed this property |
Currently entrance to the palace ground and park are free while advanced reservations for entry are no longer necessary. However English guided tours are still available periodically thereat on several occasions of the day... More
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WANMK
10 March 2018|
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Response from thejunglelife | Reviewed this property |
Its true, you do NOT have to book tour in advance, its offered free of charge and as part of a package. Once you buy the entrance ticket, you have the option of picking up a pamphlet and going around yourself, or you can... More
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Emily C
11 September 2016|
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Response from 旅好きじいさん | Reviewed this property |
Closed on Mondays. However, if Monday is a holiday, it's closed on the following day. No longer have to apply for permission, Yes.
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