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Shugakuin Imperial Villa

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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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Emperor Gomizuo made this fantastic villa. You can see the mountain as a part of scenery of the garden of villa. Spectacular view!

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 30, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

Emperor Gomizuo made this fantastic villa. You can see the mountain as a part of scenery of the garden of villa. Spectacular view!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

If you are foreign, bring your passport to the Kunaicho office (not here, in the Imperial Palace) to book your place as soon as you arrive in Kyoto. Places are limited particularly during the best seasons although in Kyoto every season is special. Be prepared to walk about a mile inside, so wear suitable footwear. Once I was with Japanese... More 

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Bucharest, Romania
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

We went two days ago, trying to escape the crowds of the Kyoto temples and found it closed - we didn't make any reservation, nor called in advance, as we had seen in the Guide of Kyoto in one day that it's also ok to try your luck with just going there without any reservation, as there are day tickets... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

To visit this imperial villa, we applied and received the approval about a month ago. Along with a group of 20 people, we made the tour in a hot summer day at 3PM. Among the 3 villas in Shugakuin, I like the upper villa in particular. Sitting at the edge of "Rinuntei" listening the sound from waterfall, you fell refreshing... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Advance bookings are necessary (at least for foreigners) but worth the effort to fit into your Kyoto schedule. Tour is in Japanese but with a recording for English - Thanks. Beautiful buildings/grounds.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Visiting the Imperial Villas in Kyoto is a special treat, mainly for the gardens and the historical buildings. If you are Japanese, you must enter a lottery to have a chance to visit, and it would typically take several years before you are lucky enough to get a ticket to visit one of the Imperial properties. However, each tour has... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015 via mobile

It's worth a visit to get the sense of the days of its glory. The landscape is zen and well kept. I was disappointed that not much of display of artefacts used during the glorious days

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Be sure to go online and apply several weeks in advance to visit. Your hour tour is led by a Japanese speaker so the English language audios are helpful. Be quick at snapping photos as the group must stay together. There are steps up to the highest villa with the view of Kyoto spread beneath; even at 9 am, the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

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

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

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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>  > Northern Kyoto

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Staying in Northern Kyoto

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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 district now boasts some of its most remote and peaceful hot springs, as well as a few of its best family-run mom-and-pop restaurants. A blend of extremely local at its outskirts, and highly peopled at its tourist centers, Northern Kyoto nonetheless retains a halcyon air in harmony with nature.