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Katsura Imperial Villa

Closed Now: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Open today: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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This beautiful home belonged to members of the Katsura family, one of the Imperial families of Japan. The home displays some very traditional Japanese architecture and landscape design.
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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
Katsuramisono | Nishikyo-ku, Nishikyo, Kyoto 615-8014, Kyoto Prefecture
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Katsura Imperial Villa is a a sublime place and experience. Discovered by the world, this one of a kind venue is perhaps best visited off season to avoid waves of tourists

Date of experience: April 2019
1  Thank DanaLosAngeles
Reviewed July 2, 2019

A must see in Kyoto, the garden is absolutely enchanting! And of course Kyoto is a place not to miss. We have been there 5 days and we did not have enough time to visit all the beautiful gardens and temples.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Tineke V
Reviewed June 7, 2019

Superlatives fail me for this place! Firstly, you have to book your place on a tour at the Imperial Palace as it is one of their sites, but totally worth the wait, the hassle, and the trek out to Katsura, As the visits are strictly...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank petertaylor57
Reviewed June 4, 2019

Lovely garden; recommend taking the English language tour(there are several every day) and also recommend applying on line before visiting to make sure you get a place on the tour. Tour was informative, and the gardens are beautiful. Took city bus from Kyoto station, which...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed May 5, 2019

We booked this in advance to assure the English tour with guide. Its easy to do online. The tour takes about an hour and I really felt I began to understand the design of a Japanese garden. There are tea houses for viewing the garden...More

Date of experience: April 2019
1  Thank voyager52
Reviewed May 1, 2019 via mobile

We caught the bus here from Kyoto station, it took less that 30 mins to get there. It was miserable. I'm not really a garden fan, ornamental or otherwise. This was something my wife wanted to do, but I was glad I went along. Even...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Ged K
Reviewed April 24, 2019

We were able to "gain entry" into this one hour tour of this imperial garden. Although the tour itself is in Japanese, you are given an audio guide in English. The garden is beautiful. The audio explanation helps you experience what it might have been...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank juchego
Reviewed April 19, 2019

This is the only one of The Imperial properties that you now have to pay to enter, and still have to have a permit as well. We got ours online months before our visit, but saw about 6 people just walk up and get onto...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank ozteddy
Reviewed April 19, 2019

I applied for a tour on the online lottery and got an email of acceptance the next day. My tour was not fully booked, so it would have been possible to simply show up, not that I would want to try that. Access is fairly...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank David M
Reviewed April 13, 2019 via mobile

We went here for a one hour tour. The tour consists of a 1 km walk around the garden. I went there because my wife wanted too but I was totally swept away by what I saw. We had a really engaged tour guide, which...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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July 29, 2019|
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Response from petertaylor57 | Reviewed this property |
Hi, It's not up to me but the Imperial Household Office who are situated at the entrance to the old palace courtyard. From Kobe, port it's about 2 hours at least. You can try but it is highly unlikely you'll get in. I had to... More
August 7, 2018|
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Response from Pv2017 | Reviewed this property |
we went in March. It was lovely then but then again they had a very hot spring so we were lucky to have the start fo the cherry blossoms but I think that the gardens were designed for all seasons and I am sure winter will be... More
July 31, 2018|
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Response from smakino715 | Reviewed this property |
冬の桂離宮は、また、観るところ、たくさんあります。 行けば、おとぎの国のような世界が、広がっていることでしょう。是非、行ってみてください。
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