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Katsura Imperial Villa

Katsuramisono, Nishikyo-ku, Kyoto 615-8014, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-211-1215
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We were fortunate to find out that we could apply for ticket ( free ) at Kyoto Imperial Palace to... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Sydney, Australia
The highlight of the trip

Extremely pleased to have visited the royal gardens. This is a must go for anyone. The only... read more

Reviewed 22 November 2017
Daniel W
London, United Kingdom
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This beautiful home belonged to members of the Katsura family, one of the Imperial families of Japan. The home displays some very traditional Japanese architecture and landscape design.
  • Excellent73%
  • Very good17%
  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Katsuramisono, Nishikyo-ku, Kyoto 615-8014, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-211-1215
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were fortunate to find out that we could apply for ticket ( free ) at Kyoto Imperial Palace to go to Katsura Imperial Villa . You need to fill out a form ) in English ) , and produce your passport . The office...More

2  Thank setsucollis
Reviewed 22 November 2017

Extremely pleased to have visited the royal gardens. This is a must go for anyone. The only downside is the guards that walk with the tour guide rushes you along so you can't take your time to photograph things.

1  Thank Daniel W
Reviewed 10 November 2017 via mobile

Reservation and ID/passport are required to enter. In my case, I went around noon without a reservation, and was lucky to get 3pm spot. So I went to Arashiyama until then. (not much nearby area) Since the visitors were about 30ppl, I could enjoy the...More

Thank Yoshiko O
Reviewed 3 November 2017 via mobile

If you are lucky enough to get a spot in the selected group of visitors do not doubt for a second and come at once. They show you the magnificent garden where the royals spend time hanging around inside its walls to enjoy lazyness and...More

Thank Gumer Q
Reviewed 31 August 2017

this is probably only major attraction no need to purchase ticket in Kyoto. Only need is to show your passport or driver license and then you wait for a group formed to get into the garden. And the garden is so simple, so big and...More

Thank J G
Reviewed 11 August 2017

We had an enjoyable stroll through a historic imperial garden that is close to Kyoto station. This is one of my favorite excursions in Kyoto. Bring your camera and passport but remember there are guided tours that have a maximum of 20 participants so plan...More

Thank Jon M
Reviewed 11 July 2017

This stunning garden will never get the reviews it deserves because the number of visitors is so small. Before you had to get reservations 6 months in advance through the Imperial Household. Now you can stand by for tickets in the morning for tickets that...More

2  Thank Todd2PS
Reviewed 25 June 2017

If you like gardens, you have to visit this and also the Shugakuin imperial villa. This is more looking inwards, whereas Shugakuin is looking out but they are wonderful contrasts. Katsura is easy to get to by train from central Kyoto on the Kawaramani line...More

Thank tonyc768
Reviewed 5 June 2017 via mobile

I first visited Katsura in 1968 and saw three gardeners cutting the grass with scissors. The great loving care of these Imperial Villa gardens may not be the same today but Katsura is still the most beautiful horticultural endeavor I have ever seen. The different...More

Thank H S G
Reviewed 21 April 2017

The gardens are absolutely amazing...AMAZING.......spectacular..and so very soothing to the Spirit of the frenzied tourist whose plate overflows with must-see sights. The tranquility only interrupted by the guide whose piercing voice like fingernails scraping a slate chalkboard as he closed his eyes at each stop...More

3  Thank johnfjohnston
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Questions & Answers
5 July 2017|
Response from johnfjohnston | Reviewed this property |
About an hour.
Lawrence C
7 March 2017|
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Response from takeshi52 | Reviewed this property |
Unfortunately, by  “Guidelines for taking part in the tours of Katsura Imperial Villa” , Participant has to be 18 years of age or older.
2 October 2016|
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Response from Amber201083 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, there is parking lot. See the map from the Villa Visitor Guide under "access".