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Katsura Imperial Villa

Katsuramisono, Nishikyo-ku, Kyoto 615-8014, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-211-1215
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Stunning

We visited a number of gardens in Kyoto but none as sublimely beautiful as this one with its... read more

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Ben A
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A Jewel in the Imperial Crown

This is, by far, the most exquisite garden I have ever visited anywhere. Every turn and corner... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Shauna P
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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.
  • Excellent74%
  • Very good17%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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“audio guide” (8 reviews)
“pm tour” (2 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Katsuramisono, Nishikyo-ku, Kyoto 615-8014, Kyoto Prefecture
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+81 75-211-1215
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We visited a number of gardens in Kyoto but none as sublimely beautiful as this one with its intricately designed buildings and landscapes, water and hill, moss and bush. It is true that the labyrinthine application process is offputting but it is absolutely worth the...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is, by far, the most exquisite garden I have ever visited anywhere. Every turn and corner reveals harmony and balance. The manipulation of views is taken to the highest level, with all corners offering something new and varied. It is necessary to register to...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Free but very hard to get in. Booking yourself to the tour is must. If you go there in the morning 11 am you might get in next tour 14.30 pm. That happened to me and also I had been there the day before that...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visit the imperial villa with high expectations and was even better than we thought. I couldn’t believe how japanese take such good care of the site and buildings of the villa. For sure the most beautiful gardens I have seen in my life, and...More

1  Thank Maolixi
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We took a 1-hour tour of this early 17th-century villa in November and considered it to be an exquisite example of Japanese architecture and garden design. The brother of Emperor Goyozei commissioned the mountain complex, which covers 17 acres in the Western suburbs of Kyoto....More

1  Thank Rumples
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It's a little out of the way, but worth a visit. You can reserve tour tickets online in advance. When we were there, the water in the pond was low, which detracted a little. On a nice day with a full pond, it would be...More

Thank kgkjgkjg
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Reviewed 12 March 2018

Katsura is THE best of the imperial property gardens, though advance reservations required, it is free to enter, though a guide from Imperial Household Agency will babysit you throughout (in Japanese). Well worth the trek out to Katsura though, and requesting a date in advance.

Thank John L
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Reviewed 29 December 2017

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

4  Thank setsucollis
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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
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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
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19 April 2018|
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Response from Gumer Q | Reviewed this property |
If I were you I’d go to the Imperial Palace grounds and book a tour. Nowdays you can go straight to the Village and if there are openings you can join a group. Up to you. I recommend you to stop in the tea house of the... More
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About an hour.
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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.
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