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Kyoto Imperial Palace

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Address: 3 Kyoto-Gyoen Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto 602-0881, Kyoto Prefecture
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Phone Number: +81 75-211-1215

This location was the home of the Imperial Family until 1868 when the...

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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Dignified and imposing architecture with pleasant garden

The Kyoto Imperial Palace is an imposing house. It is a pity that visitors are not allowed inside the palace. We can only admire the grand residence from the outside. The gardens... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The Kyoto Imperial Palace is an imposing house. It is a pity that visitors are not allowed inside the palace. We can only admire the grand residence from the outside. The gardens are a bit small but lovely. Admission is free. A stroll is very pleasant.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

When I researched the history of the emperor and Kyoto, I could not believe this site is free! When you arrive you can feel all the history and a sense of all that transpired on the grounds hits you. The emperor's private garden is one of the most beautiful we saw on the entire trip, not to mention the center... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited the palace and the huge surrounding gardens towards the end of autumn. Both are absolutely huge and very well kept. A bit of walking involved but the terrain is flat. Fantastic colours in the garden itself and could easily spend a couple of hours there. The palace offers a good insight into imperial life and architecture and is quite... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We didn't go in into the palace, it was closed, but we had a nice long walk in the garden. There were a few other walked, but it was like the we had the garden to ourselves, beautiful and so peaceful.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our hotel was nearby so we wandered up on our first day. Loved the wide empty space and the autumn colours were glorious. The imperial palace was impressive. It is a shame the artifacts are not around. Presume those are in the museums. What we saw was nice but it lacks atmosphere.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We didn't have an opportunity to go inside the palace but we walked around outside and it was so beautiful! This place is huge so takes a while to go from point A to point B. So be prepare to walk!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Recent Opened to the public, the palace shows the magnificent live of the Japanese emperors, their cultural richness

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Magnificent ginkgo trees up to 30 meters high bright yellow in autumn along with other foliage. Beautiful large park open 24 hours. You no longer need to apply to the Imperial Palace Household Agency to enter the enclosure containing the Palace buildings. Just go through through security. Unfortunately we turned up on Monday!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

An accidental find. We biked here from the Air BnB we were staying at and it was so beautiful. The garden was colorful and vibrant against the overcast that we saw that day and it was stunning. Truly a golden find. Worth stopping by to see!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Majestic buildings stand proud indicative of their history of shoguns and royalty. Well tended gardens are beautiful and peace can be found amongst the Autumn colours. Surrounded by the Imperial Palace gardens this is a very attractive place to visit for a break from the bustling crowds in central Kyoto.

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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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