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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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Beautiful garden - worth the effort

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 10, 2015
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Sydney
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110 reviews 110 reviews
37 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
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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44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
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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65 reviews 65 reviews
37 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
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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Karmi'el, HaZafon, Israel
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20 reviews 20 reviews
11 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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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Pennsylvania Dutch Country, Pennsylvania
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201 helpful votes 201 helpful votes
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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Chicago
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

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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66 reviews 66 reviews
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95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

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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122 reviews 122 reviews
65 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 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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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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18 helpful votes 18 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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