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Katsura Imperial Villa

Katsuramisono, Nishikyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 615-8014, Japan
+81 75-211-1215
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Ranked #10 of 339 attractions in Kyoto
Type: Historic Sites, Gardens
Owner description: This beautiful home belonged to members of the Katsura family, one of the Imperial families of Japan. The home displays some very traditional Japanese... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Bangkok, Thailand
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

Everything is incredibly stunning! As an architectural student this place is a must to see. You may not have a plenty of times to discover around the places according to a black-suited guy who will follow you at the end of the line(Of course I knew he's doing his duty) but other else is just super fine. Make sure you... More

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Taipei, Taiwan
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

Make reservation at the office near Kyoto Palace. Although not as impressive after seeing Shukaguin Imperial Villa, the tranquility of tea rooms are incomparable, with bamboos surrounding the whole area.

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Basildon, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
12 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

you have to apply at the imperial palace office to join a tour of the villa-the tour is conducted in Japanese but the English audio is available free via reception--make sure you have your passport-they tend to check the name/photo especially when booking for the tour

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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

The Villa is not easy to get to and you need tickets in advance, which can only be obtained through the Imperial household agency. The gardens are extremely well-maintained and are of course quite beautiful, having been designed by one of the emperors himself. You have to going to tour in Japanese, which I don't speak. But you can get... More

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Swindon
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

To be fair we had high expectations of these gardens, and whilst they were pretty we left feeling pretty underwhelmed by the visit. The villa was o.k. but nothing special, but it was the tour experience that we really felt let it down, the english audio guide was very brief with little details given and the exclusively japanese tour guide... More

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São Paulo, Brasil
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37 reviews 37 reviews
17 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

I visited Katsura 2 hours after arrived in Kyoto: it couldn't have been a better way to start my trip in that city. The gardens are so meticulously cared for it's unbelievable. We applied in advance for this visit (tours in japanese only, audio guides in english are available though), dont know how it works if you don't do it.... More

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HCMC
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57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

This is another sight which requires a reservation through the Imperial Household Agency and one which can only be viewed as part of a guided tour. The scenery was comparable to, if not superior to at times, that of Shugakuin Imperial Villa. Shame, as the tour we were on had a guide who actually went to the extent of singling... More

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Milan, Italy
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013 via mobile

Fabulous garden and free entrance, but the heat is terrible, like in all other temples and villas around Kyoto. I would not go during summer, as it's not convenient to reach.

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Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
7 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

I'm not sure we could have done this without the help of our guide as it required prior booking with passport details but it was well worth it and the audio guide was excellent. Even in the rain the one hour tour was great. Make the effort if you can!

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San Diego
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57 reviews 57 reviews
21 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2013

Anyone interested in gardens and architecture should make sure to make an appointment and visit this villa. There is an hour guided tour (in Japanese, but there is an English audio guide). This is a very special place, but you have to make a reservation with the Imperial Household Agency, which really requires having someone in Japan get a reservation... More

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