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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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  • Poor3%
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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 3 days ago

Imperial Palace is huge, the one most visited is the main palace. There are guided tours with different languages daily, and should join one when visiting the palace. The buildings are beautiful and well-preserved, so are the gardens. The guided tours will give you some...More

Thank Ed_Mississauga
Reviewed 3 days ago

Beautiful palace but being renovated .many sections are closed and can be viewed from outside only.Still what you get to see is out of this world. The gardens with water reservoirs and manicured trees are out of this world

Thank DrKlair
Reviewed 4 days ago

Free admission, a historical site, the Kyoto Imperial Palace is worth to visit to get a glimpse about the Imperial rituals and their living until 1868. The Palace is located in the heart of Kyoto city inside Kyoto Imperial Park that can be accessed by...More

Thank qqview
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Nice walk along the palace gardens in the autumn season. Well preserved structures for 160 years. They have guided tours in English and Chinese twice a day - 10 am and 2 pm for one hour - it was interesting and informative. It is close...More

Thank MumbaiHappyFeet
Reviewed 1 week ago

Tourists are not allowed inside the Palace, so our visit was merely a walk around the Palace and the extensive gardens.

Thank PlanetOz
Reviewed 1 week ago

It was raining and a couple of the buildings were covered over for repair but this was still a good place to walk around and see some of the painted screens and well manicured gardens/pools

Thank DolloNorthNotts
Reviewed 1 week ago

free and lots to see. dont be bothered with those who are not happy with this place. although some areas were under construction, most of the place was open to see. you cant really enter the buildings but theyre nice to look at from outside,...More

2  Thank fahym
Reviewed 1 week ago

After visiting the Forbidden Palace in Beijing this Palace is a little plain. Lovely walking around and there is no charge to get in.

1  Thank Denise G
Reviewed 1 week ago

An easy walk from downtown Kyoto, the Imperial Palace and the surrounding gardens are a must see while you are here.

Thank David V
Reviewed 1 week ago

Just okay but worth the free admission. Expansive wide open spaces, but no entry into the interior houses. Relatively uncrowded, but I would rank it outside of a top 5 spot to see in Kyoto.

Thank rlee88
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
12 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
12 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