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Sento Imperial Palace (Sento Gosho)

#163 of 1,010 things to do in Kyoto
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Address: Kyotogyoen, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto 602-0881, Kyoto Prefecture
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Simple yet stunning Japanese Garden

There are a couple of free activities that can be done when visiting Kyoto, and one of them is to visit the palaces. In order to visit join the Sentō Imperial Palace, you would... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 8 January 2017
Singapore, Singapore
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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017

There are a couple of free activities that can be done when visiting Kyoto, and one of them is to visit the palaces. In order to visit join the Sentō Imperial Palace, you would need to join the free tours conducted and managed by the Imperial Household Agency. The Imperial Household Agency manages all the Imperial properties. Given the limited... More 

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Kyoto, Japan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2016

Because Sento Imperial Palace, located in Kyoto-gyoen, is a very quiet place, it seems to forget what in Kyoto city. There are also applications on the day, but it is difficult to see foreign travelers who stay for a short period of time. I recommend to apply in advance. Anyway, it is worth a visit too.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

This garden is stunning in what it evokes with just a simple pallette of green strokes. Surprising how many green colors there could be with different textures. Visited yesterday and the maples were just starting to color. The tour is meant to enjoy the view at each turn and I used up most of my camera. The photo ops were... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2015

I went on a chilly, grey day in mid-December. Despite most of the leaves having fallen, the meticulous garden was beautiful. Without leaves, it was possible to see how carefully pruned the trees are. The palace was for the retired emperor, but the focus is really on the garden. The central feature of the garden is a large pond with... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2015

A very nice garden. It is worth to visit it on the same day as the Kyoto Imperial Palace since they are on the same area. One (1) hour tour - would be nice if you can freely go around but unfortunately, it is a controlled access. Tour is in Japanese but it is worth it since you have an... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2015

A drag that you need a reservation and there are many better gardens in Kyoto. Still worth the (little) trouble though.

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Barranquilla, Colombia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 2015 via mobile

If you can't get into the palace itself the large surrounding gardens/parks are nice but definitely not worth it. Unless you want to take a nap, then they're great.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2014

Walked from Nijo castle and had originally planned to visit the Kyoto Imperial Palace. Should have done my research, as you can only enter the Imperial Palace grounds under a guided tour (Imperial Park itself didn't require one) which required booking in advance. When I was there (on a Wed), the next available tour was on a Friday, so just... More 

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Taipei, Taiwan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2013

Make my reservation at the office near Kyoto Imperial Palace. Went here after the morning tour at Kyoto Imperial Palace. It's a great change after seeing more up-tight ceremonial buildings in Kyoto Imperial Palace with the gardens at Sento Imperial Palace. Free. Japanese tours only, but English audio guide and brochures in other languages are available at the check point.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2013

This is one of the four sights under the management of the Imperial Household Agency. The good part is they are all free; the downside is you are limited to a one hour guided tour in Japanese (non-Japanese speakers are provided with a free audio guide). Of the three renowned for their gardens, this site stands in the shadows of... More 

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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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