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Address: Katsuramisono, Nishikyo-ku, Kyoto 615-8014, Kyoto Prefecture
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Phone Number: +81 75-211-1215

This beautiful home belonged to members of the Katsura family, one of the...

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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Katsura Imperial Villa is stunningly beautiful.

I went to Katsura imperial villa when the maple leaves were turning red. Although we had to go there to register at 11 a.m. And attend the tour of either 1:30 p.m., 2:30p.m. Or... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed October 28, 2016
Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, Japan
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Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, Japan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2016

I went to Katsura imperial villa when the maple leaves were turning red. Although we had to go there to register at 11 a.m. And attend the tour of either 1:30 p.m., 2:30p.m. Or 3:30p.m., it was still worth visiting there for one hour guided tour. You will be able to use English audio equipment during the tour.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2016 via mobile

We had planned to go to the Imperial Villa on a Sunday, without prior reservations. My dad and a family friend went ahead early in the morning to line up for tickets (the ticket booth doesn't open until 11am, but they wanted to beat the line). We got a 2:30pm slot, and it was lovely. We availed of the free... More 

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Oakland, CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2016 via mobile

Beautiful palace grounds. Excellent one hour tour. Very good electronic guide in English. Overall amazing lake, tea houses, residents, and other buildings that illustrate the life of princes between the 16th and 18th century. Reservations required. This place is a local treasure.

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016

Visited Katsura Imperial Villa yesterday afternoon. It's a beautiful and meticulously maintained garden. It was built by one of the imperial princes. The balance of structures and garden was the main focus and had been paid at most attention. The admission is free but you need a reservation. You can make reservations online. I did not have an advance reservation... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2016

This is one of the finest examples of Japanese garden architecture anywhere in the country. A great way to beat the crowds as the number of visitors is restricted...make sure you make an appointment well ahead of time.

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Palo Alto, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 10, 2016

Biking around the area, stony path. Wonderful well build villa! Felt special in this place. Peaceful and beautiful as well. Take the buses or biking just fine.

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 7, 2016

It was nice to visit this classic Japanese garden resort that earned an international reputation and inspired modern architects for its simplicity yet functional design. Constructed between 16th-17th century by the first and second generations of the Hachijo-no-Miya family, this historical landmark had experienced ups and downs through hundred years. Then it was time for repair and restoration before it... More 

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Los Angeles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 16, 2016

The villa itself is closed to the public, but the 17th century stroll garden and its pavilions are profoundly beautiful. Much to contemplate, much to bring pleasure. Well-worth the effort to obtain reservations through the Imperial Household.

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Newark-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 14, 2016

As for Shugakuin Imperial Villa, we rate this one of the top three gardens that we visited in Japan. It more than repays the effort to book a visit. You can book online at the Imperial Household Agency website if you time your application just right. All the online places were gone when we tried some weeks before our visit.... More 

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Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 30, 2016

beautiful garden and on topof that free. they even supply audio guides free! You need to reserve first at the imperial palace

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