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Shugakuin Imperial Villa

Address: 1-3 Shugakuin-yabusoe, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 602-8611 , Japan
Phone Number: +81 75-211-1215
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Ranked #6 of 385 Attractions in Kyoto
Type: Historic Sites, Gardens, Cultural
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Owner description: Created as an imperial summer retreat, the garden complex is a fine example of Japanese landscape design.

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Chicago
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

If you like gardens, this is a do-not-miss. High on a hill/mountain, be prepared to climb and descend. Surprisingly, this Imperial Palace has a farm on it. Everywhere you look is stunning beauty, fall colors in abundance.

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Los Angeles, California
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65 reviews 65 reviews
10 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

We went a few days before our visit to the Imperial Household Agency on the grounds of the Imperial Palace. There was no line. With passports in hand, we applied for a tour for Shugakuin Imperial Villa. I had previously tried to make a reservation weeks earlier on the internet, but there was no availability. Going in person seemed to... More

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Albuquerque
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108 reviews 108 reviews
58 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Loved the views and general 'country' feel of this one. Nice contrast to the 'city' gardens we also enjoyed in Kyoto.

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Kyoto
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

Although you have to apply for permission to visit Shugakuin it is definitely worth it. The visit is free and the information is good. English speakers have an audio guide which was really helpful. The upper garden has wonderful views over the mountains and a waterfall - said to inspire poetry ! It's easily accessed by bus with a short... More

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Holon, Tel Aviv, Israel
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

The landscape in the top garden is so beautiful. It is worth to get there despite the need of booking the visiting.

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chicago
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28 reviews 28 reviews
11 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

I enjoyed the beautiful Japanese gardens more than I did the villa interior, which was plain and did not provide much inspiration. There was a boring video you could watch, but I left after a couple of minutes to stroll the gardens ablaze with autumn colors.

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Guildford, United Kingdom
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27 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

Slightly patronising experience, the front and back guide shuffle you through pretty quickly. The buildings are not awe inspiring, but the gardens are lovely. Try to pick a sunny day to see the clouds reflected in the still water. Autumn is spectacular.

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Kyoto, Japan
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Beautiful imperial villa with a great view to the west of Kyoto. The buildings can only be seen from the outside. A great afternoon in nature. Very close to Manshuin. Another of my favorite temples in Kyoto.

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Klang, Malaysia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

getting there by bus is no problem, take the city bus one day pass, it goes everywhere except to shugakuin you need to pay extra 160 yen. from kyoto station, go to platform A1 take bus no 5, then drop at Shugakuin Michi, not Shugakuin Rikyumichi. then start walking about 500m, but first mark and save "Kogu Police Shugakuin Police... More

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Sydney
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

A lovely place to visit if you have several days in Kyoto and love beautiful Japanese gardens and architecture. You need to apply for permission to visit from the Imperial Palace, but this can be done easily on-line a couple of weeks before. Beware that the tours are conducted in very formal Japanese but there are English recordings available. There... More

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