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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.
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  • Average16%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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3 Kyoto-Gyoen Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto 602-0881, Kyoto Prefecture
City Center
+81 75-211-1215
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Went there unplanned. There were renovations going on. Overall, the place was beautiful. According to the guide, used to be the emperor palace, but the emperor doesn’t want to live here as there is no kitchen.

Thank Terence H
Reviewed 1 week ago

The large tree shaded grounds , surrounded by thick walls are open to the public, and free guided tours are available by reservation at the Imperial Household Agency in the park--bring passport. The garden is spectacular, and the Houseold Agency staff were efficient and helpful...More

1  Thank nancy c
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

take your passport with you First the garden visit is nice and free the private one it s more complecated you need to go in one office with your passport and apply besides 2 mains buildings are une renovation so ....

Thank ksarman
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Going on a guided tour is recommended or you would not know what you are looking at. Many places within is restricted so you would have to view from a distance. Certain areas are under renovation now. You can only view the architecture from outside....More

Thank Raymond S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

So steeped in history, beautifully maintained and presented, enormous by Japanese standards. This is where the Shogun era ended and modern Japan commenced. The reminders of the brutality of the time, with body guard rooms and singing floors to prevent sneak attacks and the deliberate...More

Thank Terry L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I am glad we went, but it can only be seen from the outside. Going with a tour guide will help avoiding the line for tickets.

Thank LisaDawn426
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Open sprawling parkland nice to find in Japan. Free tour with lots of interesting buildings and history. Better than Tokyo's imperial palace. Well worth a visit.

Thank Luke C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went with a private guide so experienced this differently then the general public as our guide delved into the history of politics in Japan and how these building played into that. None of the buildings are open, you just wander around outside a fairly...More

Thank travelgalAvon
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I was really anticipating visiting the Imperial Palace in Kyoto But was quite surprised they r strict how much of the site you can see and worst of all you cannot go inside. Still a must site to visit but you only need an hour.

Thank RealW0rldTraveller
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not ranked as a must do, but we loved it. Especially having toured Nijo Castle, it was nice to compare the two

Thank Derrin01
City Center
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
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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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Emily C
11 September 2016|
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Response from RonHerat | Reviewed this property |
Yesits closed on Mondays. You can use an online application.
30 May 2016|
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Response from MeandHeTravel | Reviewed this property |
Our impression is that reservations are highly preferable if not required and we were able to do that on line on a couple weeks in advance on their website. There are Japanese language and English language tours which are... More