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Address: 1-3 Shugakuin-yabusoe, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 602-8611 , Kyoto Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 75-211-1215
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Description: Created as an imperial summer retreat, the garden complex is a fine...
Created as an imperial summer retreat, the garden complex is a fine example of Japanese landscape design.
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One of best Kyoto sites

Easily one of the most impressive Kyoto sites. Not crowded at all so you can get some zen vibes. A must see.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 4, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

Easily one of the most impressive Kyoto sites. Not crowded at all so you can get some zen vibes. A must see.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Superb garden that melts into the countryside. It is well worth taking the trouble to arrange a visit.

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Kyoto, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

I like the idea how we have to make reservation in advance to take the private tour. Because I understand now how important it is to maintain the condition of the villa and its surrounding. Recommended place to visit! Beautiful scenery and good for your knowledge about Japanese history.

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Brussels, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

So much more interesting than the 3 other imperial gardens in Kyoto. But not as interesting as many (smaller) temple gardens where you don't need a reservation.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

Experience the "nightinggale" floors. There is a lot to read and experience but there were a not of people there so kind of rushed.

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Sydney
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

This is a very beautiful and classical garden, which is even better as there are no crowds. It is necessary to make a reservation in advance with the Imperial Household Agency. There is an adequate audio guide in English but the garden really speaks for itself. Whilst it takes a little effort to get to it is very well worthwhile.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

So quiet and peaceful, the sand formation is interesting. You could spend hours here if you wanted to, worth visiting

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

The garden is beautiful, and you won't see the crowds as you normally face in other Kyoto attractions because you have to apply for a permit to visit. Group guide is only available in Japanese, and they do have the English audio guide, but it seemed that the Japanese guide explained way more than what I got in the audio... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

You can only go with an organized tour. The tour is free but must be booked beforehand through the internet. It is in English and lasts approximately one hour and shows the palace and explains the history and other interesting facts. Very interesting and highly recommended

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

We have visited the imperial palace in downtown Kyoto last time, so this was one the other two remote-palace all part of the Imperial Palace. We visited it in an Autumn day when foliage began to show colors and the day time temperature was cool. By registered ahead of time (well in advance) we got our spots in a 10... More 

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Address: Address: 1-3 Shugakuin-yabusoe, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 602-8611 , Kyoto Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 75-211-1215
Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Kinki  >  Kyoto Prefecture  >  Kyoto

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