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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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One of the best Japanese garden

I visited the villa in late April guiding three friends from foreign countries. This is my third... read more

Reviewed 2 June 2014
Nagoya, Japan
Simply beautiful

Built back in the 13th century, it used to be the Imperial residence. It remains one of the few... read more

Reviewed 11 April 2014
Calgary, Canada
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1-3 Shugakuin-yabusoe, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 602-8611 , Kyoto Prefecture
Northern Kyoto
+81 75-781-5203
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Reviewed 2 June 2014

I visited the villa in late April guiding three friends from foreign countries. This is my third visit, and in all cases, I truely enjoyed the landscape. This time, fresh leaves give vivid and gentle impression to the landscape. Its garden ia a typical and...More

1  Thank Takashi-TM
Reviewed 11 April 2014

Built back in the 13th century, it used to be the Imperial residence. It remains one of the few places in Kyoto that has not been burned down and rebuild in the numerous fires that ravaged Kyoto throughout its history. Its great history is only...More

1  Thank crishara
Reviewed 5 January 2014

You will have to make a booking in order to visit the villa, however it's not that busy so you shouldn't have any problems. The villa itself its really beautiful, offers a super ancient-ish feeling of a Japanese garden. The only downside that can occur...More

4  Thank Shin I
Reviewed 26 December 2013

Make reservation in person at the office near Kyoto Palace. The most memorable site during my 12 days in Kyoto. Free and the view is astounding. Comparing with other gardens in the temple, they are nothing. Provide Japanese tours only, but English audio guide can...More

4  Thank Stephanie L
Reviewed 11 December 2013

I could say I am lucky because I had the chance to visit this imperial holding; it is simply an awesome place. I loved the attention to details and the breath taking landscapes, it is all quite impressive. Luckily our guide spoke great English, we...More

1  Thank DawnTLongT
Reviewed 24 November 2013

Coming to the Shugakuin Imperial Villa is not easy (two trains or buses, then a short walk to the entrance will take you approx. 45m from the station), but definitely worth the effort : a wonderful garden, some exquisite tea houses, and one of the...More

3  Thank Paneristo
Reviewed 4 November 2013

The tea house at the last part is worth waiting and going to this place!!! Fantastic garden paradise on earth

1  Thank Denmayer
Reviewed 29 September 2013

Kyoto for me is the city where you see things and touch them and walk through them but you still cant believe they're there. And Shugakuin, together with the Golden Pavillion, is the utmost example of that feeling. The pond in the upper villa is...More

3  Thank psterzi
Reviewed 25 September 2013

It takes a bit of commitment to see it but once you’re there the payoff will be self-evident. Don’t be cowed by all the guidebook recommendations into taking the train(s). It involves two trains, a walk from one station to the other and possibly the...More

3  Thank Wanderlust7342
Reviewed 8 June 2013

3 Imperial villas are in separate place, in the middle of beautiful nature, mountains surrounding Kyoto city, rural landscape. You will see aesthetic sense of Japanese here. This villas are designed to use all season, you will enjoy them to see very much any season....More

Thank michi123456
Northern Kyoto
Hot springs and historic temples characterize the
leafy landscapes of Northern Kyoto. Acres of tranquil
residential streets are interrupted by some of Kyoto's
most gorgeous architectural gems, including the
majestic Golden Pavilion of Kinkakuji, the serene
artistry of the Ryoanji Temple rock gardens, and the
bold red paint across the structures of Enryakuji
Temple. Once a religious core of the city, the
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Is there parking nearby. Stated another way, can I drive there and park?
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
Is it true that only adults may enter
21 May 2015|
What is your answer?
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How do I get permission to visit the Shugakuin Imperial Villa?
20 May 2015|
Response from yama744 |
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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