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Kyoto Imperial Palace

Closed Now: 9:00 AM - 4:20 PM
Open today: 9:00 AM - 4:20 PM
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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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3 Kyoto-Gyoen Kamigyo-ku, Kamigyo, Kyoto 602-0881, Kyoto Prefecture
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+81 75-211-1215
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Reviewed 3 days ago

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

Thank icyparadise
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

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

Thank Ewa L
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited with our guide. Very busy with other tour groups. Nice to visit and learn about the history and historical features of the buildings.

Thank TaylorP1284
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Good to see the old buildings and to photograph. Go early as very crowded so doesn't photo well.......

Thank Jason M
Reviewed 1 week ago

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.

Thank Eswar K
Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Thank lightfan
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place is amazing. Walking around the palace you get to see what only the elite of the time got to see.

Thank Time_traveller0
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

Thank Caroline S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Free admission gives you access to the old imperial palace and stunning gardens - worth a visit - was quite quiet when we visited in the morning and a tranquil spot in the park too.

Thank glennharrold
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

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

Thank Jainurin J
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Humairah M
September 20, 2018|
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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
adam r
May 3, 2018|
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Response from YTCHENG | Reviewed this property |
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
March 10, 2018|
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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