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This location was the home of the Imperial Family until 1868 when the formal residence was relocated to Tokyo. Free, guided tours are given daily but only to those who have made reservations in advance.
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I'm not a history buff and usually don't like going to museums etc, but I was impressed by the palace and its gardens. We went there without the intention to enter but were glad we made it in before closing time. In the brief 30mins...More
The admission to garden and palace is free and we enjoyed them very much. There were not so many people, so it was a very nice walk. To see all the garden and the palace you need at least 2 hours. There is a nice...More
this well managed and elegant royal palace is worth visiting. staff are very professional, well preserved buildings and visitors are well informed and greeted by reception. easy to reach and enjoy beauty.
I went on the 2pm free English tour and enjoyed it even though I was exhausted from walking over atleast 2kms of loose gravel to get to the actual palace entry - the grounds are huge so check that you enter by a gate near...More
This gracious palace in the complex that is Kyoto imperial palace is well worth a visit. While the site has been a palace for a long time the advent of fires has meant many reconstructions of the buildings. Each past of the buildings has significance...More
The Japanese Imperial Family stayed in the Kyoto Imperial Palace, when Kyoto was still the capital of Japan until the late 19th century. The palace itself is off limits to casual visitors but the large garden with a lot of trees surrounding is open to...More
No district of Kyoto is quite as representative of its blended nature as the City Center. By day, the covered shopping arcades along Kawaramachi and Shijo Street bring deal hunters and fashionistas out in droves to peruse the clothing, accessories, gifts, and home goods offerings. When it grows dark, the City Center is a hip spot for nightlife, alive with bars and clubs. A trendy culinary scene and an abundance of
local watering holes give the Center its youthful vibrancy. In contrast, the quieter areas of the City Center seem a world away, shielded from noise by the foliage of the public gardens and zen spaces surrounding the area's shrines, castles, and the Imperial Palace. These ancient and sacred spots are seamlessly folded into the scenery, providing a respite from the energy of the city, but close enough to put you directly back onto the pulse of the city when you're ready.
Response from StephiLSV | Reviewed this property |
No changing of guards and no performances to speak of. The park grounds are beautiful and you are still required to request permission by application to go behind the walls and into the Sento Imperial Palace (next door on... More
No changing of guards and no performances to speak of. The park grounds are beautiful and you are still required to request permission by application to go behind the walls and into the Sento Imperial Palace (next door on the same grounds) before arrival. That was well worth it. There are restrooms and a cafe at the park grounds. We only spent about 3 hours total on the grounds but it was easy to reach by metro/subway and worth it if you enjoy architecture and meticulously planned gardens.
Currently entrance to the palace ground and park are free while advanced reservations for entry are no longer necessary. However English guided tours are still available periodically thereat on several occasions of the day... More
Currently entrance to the palace ground and park are free while advanced reservations for entry are no longer necessary. However English guided tours are still available periodically thereat on several occasions of the day except on Mondays when the palace grounds are closed.
Response from thejunglelife | Reviewed this property |
Its true, you do NOT have to book tour in advance, its offered free of charge and as part of a package. Once you buy the entrance ticket, you have the option of picking up a pamphlet and going around yourself, or you can... More
Its true, you do NOT have to book tour in advance, its offered free of charge and as part of a package. Once you buy the entrance ticket, you have the option of picking up a pamphlet and going around yourself, or you can wait at a designated waiting area. The guided tours are conducted several times in the day, like 10:00 am, 12:00 noon etc. You can even call and find out once there. Or just land up, before 1 pm, it may require you to while away a bit of time...but you will definitely get a guided tour. The best part, the guides are really good!