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Kyoto Imperial Palace

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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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3 Kyoto-Gyoen Kamigyo-ku, Kamigyo, Kyoto 602-0881, Kyoto Prefecture
City Centre
+81 75-211-1215
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All reviews guided tour free tour waiting room free entry japanese history open to the public gardens are beautiful walk around cherry blossoms nice walk emperor household architecture kyoto application visitors residence
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Entrance is free and signages in English are available for you to understand the significance of each building. The visitors' centre contains a comprehensive history of the palace throughout the decades. We went in early December and were treated to beautiful sights of yellow Gingko...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank pjquek
Reviewed 6 days ago

Kyoto is a huge city with countless little neighborhoods hiding dozens of shrines and temples. The imperial palace is a must see as it sits majestically in the middle of downtown. A short walk or cab ride from every major hotel and a breathtaking view...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Robert S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

highly recommended visit, very well organized and well-written guide in several languages including Spanish easy access and it is noteworthy that the entrance is free

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank hugoz40
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We spent Four days in Kyoto and this was the only disappointment. A very long walk to actually enter the Imperial Palace but everything has to be viewed from the exterior and a large amount of that is covered due to renovation works. A small...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Lee P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Make sure to join one of the guided tours. We found this is necessary as there's limited knowledge otherwise. The park area outside of the palace is lovely.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Walker1066
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Nice place to learn some of Japanese history. However, remember to be there early. We really took our time and when we reached the main gate of imperial palace at 4pm, it has already stopped letting tourists in. So make sure you arrive early if...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank 572diw
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I was a few hours early to checking into my hotel and decided to go for a walk around the area. Stumbled across the Imperial Palace and stayed for an entire afternoon! Beautiful area and very peaceful for those wanting to get away.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Maddo817
Reviewed 10 November 2018 via mobile

English guided tours available at 10am and 2pm. If you miss this tour, just pick up an English language pamphlet and follow the route signs for a self guided tour. Not much explanations on the exhibits. Ample of photo opportunities. The gardens are mesmerizing. As...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 9 November 2018

The Imperial Palace is a complex of buildings protected by a wall. The architecture is amazing and the gardens around are beautiful. The entrance is free, you can't get inside of the buildings, but worth to see. The Imperial Palace is located inside of a...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Jose P
Reviewed 8 November 2018 via mobile

A lovely walking tour of this Imperial palace with the route easily marked out for you. It will present many good photo opportunities for you. It would have been nice to have had the chance to look into some of the buildings but not to...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank perfect_spy
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20 September 2018|
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Response from StephiLSV | Reviewed this property |
No changing of guards and no performances to speak of. The park grounds are beautiful and you are still required to request permission by application to go behind the walls and into the Sento Imperial Palace (next door on... More
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4 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
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