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Shugakuin Imperial Villa

1-3 Shugakuin-yabusoe, Sakyo-ku, 602-8611, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-781-5203
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Magnificent gardens in the mountains east of Kyoto.

This Imperial Detached Villa has three separate gardens separated by cultivated fields of... read more

Reviewed 5 June 2017
H S G
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Macon, Georgia, United States
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Good experience , Nice autumn leave panoramic view

Good experience for tour , Palace so beautiful especially autumn leave and panoramic view.But if... read more

Reviewed 1 December 2016
Rasrisuang N
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Created as an imperial summer retreat, the garden complex is a fine example of Japanese landscape design.
  • Excellent68%
  • Very good25%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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1-3 Shugakuin-yabusoe, Sakyo-ku, 602-8611, Kyoto Prefecture
Northern Kyoto
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+81 75-781-5203
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Reviewed 5 June 2017 via mobile

This Imperial Detached Villa has three separate gardens separated by cultivated fields of vegetables and grains. The paths are paved or stone walkways with quite a number of steps which would present significant difficulties for visitors with ambulatory limitations. The views of Kyoto below over...More

Thank H S G
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Reviewed 1 December 2016

Good experience for tour , Palace so beautiful especially autumn leave and panoramic view.But if you can't advance reserve , You need to waiting about 2 hr to reserve palace tour.

Thank Rasrisuang N
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Reviewed 30 November 2016

We got an advance reservation at the Imperial Palace to come here. This place is faraway, a good hour from Kyoto Station and we have to arrive 20 minutes early to check in. But this villa is simply beautiful. It's so worth it. One of...More

Thank Anna J
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Reviewed 13 November 2016

The grounds are beautiful and would certainly suggest you visit. The audio-guide that is provided helped to create a good experience.

Thank Love vacation time
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Reviewed 6 October 2016

the villa itself does not look "imperial". It is simple. But the gardens around are absolutely amazing and planned with consideration, every tree in its place. It is free but YOU MUST BOOK IN ADVANCE, 3 months in advance. You can have a audio guide...More

Thank Ouistity
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Reviewed 12 July 2016

It is one of the three Imperial places in Kyoto. Only guided tours are available and you should apply before your visit. I am not sure if there are English speaking guides as I went with a Japanese group. The tour takes all in all...More

Thank Assa_Bnw
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Reviewed 14 June 2016

We rate this one of the top three gardens that we visited in Japan. It more than repays the effort to book a visit. You can book online at the Imperial Household Agency website if you time your application just right. All the online places...More

3  Thank Aitku
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Reviewed 29 May 2016

Shugakuin Imperial Villa comprises three monastic cottages built on the foot of Higshiyama Mountains, the best of which is Emperor Gomizuno's retreat high up the hillside. There is considerable logistics involved in making the trip. First you need to obtain permission to visit in advance;...More

1  Thank PonsSingapore
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Reviewed 25 May 2016

We went there but were not admitted. You need to get a permit from the office in kyoto. Don't just turn up, they will not let you in because it is a guided tour only due to being "Imperial" You can thank me later.

Thank asiatraveller5000
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Reviewed 19 April 2016

Lovely place where we finally had peace and quiet in Kyoto. Very calming to sit at the edge of the beautiful and impeccable garden.

Thank luv2travel19941953
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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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