Kyoto Gyoen National Garden

Kyoto Gyoen National Garden

Kyoto Gyoen National Garden
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM

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Neighborhood: City Center
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.
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Peregrinando19
Los Angeles, CA5 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
After a grueling 12 hour flight from LAX to KIX and a somewhat fitful night of sleeping, this garden was exactly what my wife, my 1.5 year old son, and I needed. After a nice breakfast, we arrived around 9:00 a.m. and strolled about for a bit before we visited the palace. This garden is absolutely massive and it probably would have taken us all day to explore every corner of it. It was peaceful and relaxing, and even in the winter, it was full of beautiful scents, sounds, and sights. I certainly got a better appreciation of Japanese gardens in general, as various features were explained by informational placards. Because we visited in February, there were not masses of other tourists, so there were times when it felt like we had the garden to ourselves. We got some great pictures and loved being able let our son walk along the paths on his own. Visiting this garden in the morning set a very nice tone for the rest of our day.
Written March 13, 2024
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EphraimWilliams
Buffalo, NY168 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019 • Solo
I really liked this place. It’s very peaceful and very nicely laid out. Take water to stay hydrated.
Written September 11, 2019
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Anita S
Singapore, Singapore57 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Family
The day we were there is warm for April however it is still a nice walk in the park. We are just disappointed that the palace was closed when it was stated in Google Maps as open =(
Written May 6, 2019
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Ian H
Bradford, UK38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Solo
I went at the end of January so not much foliage but it was still a beautiful place. Its huge. There is a small cafe in the south east corner, though I didn't go in it looked nice. Central to the park is the imperial Palace which is free to enter and really very impressive. Lots of the signage is in multi languages so easy to read up on the history etc. Well worth a visit... Palace takes about an hour, no more.
Written January 29, 2019
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Jessica W
Melbourne, Australia145 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Couples
This park is very large so if you intend on seeing all of it take good shoes and comfortable clothing. We visited to visit the imperial palace, and found it quite hard to navigate at times.

We were there very early (8.20am) and none of the cafes or palaces open in the park before 9am, so bear that in mind when you make the trip.

It is a beautiful and serene park.
Written May 10, 2018
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Brooke R
Florida10 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Couples
Great place and interesting tours. The only negative is that some idiots in the administrations didn't realize that gasoline leaf blowers totally ruin the atmosphere and the rarely good air that's in the park. この間京都御苑へ行かせて頂きました。とても素敵なところでした。ツアーもとても良かったです。しかし、公演を出る時に出口のところで少しだけ葉っぱがあったところをガソリン式リーフブロワーを使っていた方がいました。もちろん、そのせいで空気も臭くなったし(私達の肺にとって毒ですし)、何よりも調和と平和のはずの京都御苑の公演はリーフブロワーなんかとんでもないもので台無しじゃないですか?だいたい、レーキなんかで2分で片付けられる葉っぱを、あれだけ騒音おかして、せっかくの良い空気をひどくして、訪れるみんなに迷惑をかけて、意味があるのですか?だれかガソリン式リーフブロワーを使うって決めたのは解りませんが、最悪の提案じゃないですか?良いこと一つもないのに、大変な効果ばっかりですね。是非考え直すことをお願いしたいと思います。レーキを使って頂きたいか、どうしてもリーフブロワーを使うのなら電子式のものにして下さい。そうすると、騒音も何倍も少ないし、空気も悪くなりません。。。。でもやはり、京都御苑の公演みたいな所では昔ながらのレーキで丁寧に葉っぱを片付けたほうが一番いいと思います。お願いします、考え直して下さい。本当はどちらのほうが正しい良いアイディアですか?
Written October 28, 2017
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Troy_SD
London, UK11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Couples
Such a beautiful park to explore. I enjoyed meeting some of the locals walking their dogs here. The distinctive song of the cicada was everywhere!
Written August 3, 2017
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Schwartzkopf_Reiser
Leipzig, Germany272 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2012 • Couples
I went to the Public Imperial Palace for the special time of cherry blossoms in spring. Entering the Imperial Palace, I noticed there's a reservation needed, to be made online, and I was extremely lucky to find 2 available places for visiting that very same day, although there were lots of people at that time, of course. . .
One tip: there's NO WAY you'll take pictures inside the Palace. They are very strict about this!
The Imperial Garden is fine, very well kept, peaceful and a very relaxing stroll.The building and the courtyard were fine for one reason: they were real! Once inside the Imperial Palace, I was unlucky: Ukon'notachibana was covered for protection against frost ; Sakon'nosakura was not at all still blossomed. I've heard Sakon'nosakura is very beautiful, but this year my trip did not match the blooming time and I used my free tome to explore the place, which is not as beautiful as I thought. What is to be able to look inside the Imperial Palace ? I say, I've seen many other much more memorable sightseeing in Kyoto.
Written June 13, 2012
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Bozeman-Dublin
Trim, Ireland10,933 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Solo
Absolutely beautiful to stroll around these vast gardens that surround the Imperial Palace. I ended up staying for ages because the palace closed earlier than I expected, turned out to be happy accident
There are 50,000 trees here the info boards tell you. Its 1300m long and 700m wide so quite a bit of walking is in order! The paths are wide and gravelled though so it's easy on foot or by bike or even if you have a stroller.
The highlight is the pond at the south end with the carp and turtles. Its gorgeous in there. Don't miss it, it's on a small path behind the trees along the southern wall.
Get there taking exit 1 from Marutamachi subway station. It's less than a minute from the steps. One stop from Karasuma Oike Station where the two lines of the subway coalesce.
Easy as can be!
Written June 26, 2019
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abdulrahman542
Nejran, Saudi Arabia12,354 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2017 • Couples
We usually go to this park daily it's so close to our hotel Brighton hotel and we enjoy walking in the green with so perfect Organization and so quite garden and romantic
We usually spent 2 hours walking at the garden and free entry
Written September 12, 2017
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