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Shugakuin Imperial Villa

1-3 Shugakuin-yabusoe, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 602-8611, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-781-5203
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Worth the effort

Tickets are free. We pre-booked the tickets on the Imperial Household Agency website. The tours are... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Traveller376
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Toronto, Canada
via mobile
Gorgeous gardens

These are the imperial gardens that have lovely natural setting with amazing scenery with beautiful... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
nsl115
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Singapore, Singapore
via mobile
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Created as an imperial summer retreat, the garden complex is a fine example of Japanese landscape design.
  • Excellent67%
  • Very good26%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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1-3 Shugakuin-yabusoe, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 602-8611, Kyoto Prefecture
Northern Kyoto
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+81 75-781-5203
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Tickets are free. We pre-booked the tickets on the Imperial Household Agency website. The tours are in Japanese but they provide English language audio guides. The site has three villas each one higher up the mountain. The gardens are beautiful with my favorite one being...More

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

These are the imperial gardens that have lovely natural setting with amazing scenery with beautiful trees, brooks and mountains in the background. A moderately strenuous walk uphill so wear comfortable shoes and dress in layers as it can get warm as you climb. The climb...More

Thank nsl115
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Reviewed 27 April 2018

We booked our tour about a week before and were lucky to be accepted. The best way to get there is by taxi, as you have to walk uphill from the nearest train station for 10 minutes or so. It was a rainy day but...More

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Reviewed 10 April 2018

This villa and garden are out of town on the Eizan line, nestled against the slopes of the mountains. You must register to visit prior to the day and take your chances at getting in. We were the only Europeans in the group, but it...More

Thank Shauna P
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Reviewed 12 March 2018

One of the better Imperial properties but you'll need to reserve it though it is free of charge. The garden itself is nothing to shout about, however, especially compared to Katsura Imperial Villa, the best of the best

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Reviewed 12 January 2018

This was one of our three top experiences in Kyoto. Make sure you have comfortable walking shoes for going up paths and outdoor steps. Our hosts arranged for our reservations and the driver to take us there. After checking in and showing a passport, you...More

Thank Susan K
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Reviewed 19 November 2017

In the side of a hill makes this place look beautiful, giving a grand view of both the hills behind and the city below. The gardens are to die for in the fall. Spectacular. As with Katsura, the guides moved you along too fast to...More

1  Thank DimasLaksani
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Reviewed 4 September 2017 via mobile

Completely different from Chateau de Versailles. No dance hall nor chandelire but still gorgeous. This is the place the Emperor loved and the place preserved for 400 years. Perfect match to the surrounding nature to make you relax. Need reservation and poor language support but...More

Thank Emorse0
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Reviewed 17 July 2017 via mobile

For this place you need a reservation, and I was happy my friends could take care of it. They check quite thoroughly and they might ask you to show a passport. In the little shop/waiting room they play a video that gives you a short...More

Thank HarTeeuw
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Reviewed 11 July 2017

The good news is that like the Katsura Villa this is now available on a same day standby basis. You show up at the villa office in the morning and get tickets. There are 2-3 tours in the afternoon, and for the time being few...More

3  Thank Todd2PS
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kkail
2 October 2016|
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Response from Melvin B | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, I do not know. We were on Public Transport and foot
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chickiepoos74
20 May 2015|
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Response from gorosuke883 |
Please visit Japanese Imperial Household Agency Web site and it has instructions how to get the permission to visit the villa.
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