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Shugakuin Imperial Villa

1-3 Shugakuin-yabusoe, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 602-8611, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-781-5203
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Well worth booking a visit

We rate this one of the top three gardens that we visited in Japan. It more than repays the effort... read more

Reviewed June 14, 2016
Newark-on-Trent, United Kingdom
Great when the weather is good!

Shugakuin Imperial Villa comprises three monastic cottages built on the foot of Higshiyama... read more

Reviewed May 29, 2016
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Created as an imperial summer retreat, the garden complex is a fine example of Japanese landscape design.
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1-3 Shugakuin-yabusoe, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 602-8611, Kyoto Prefecture
Northern Kyoto
+81 75-781-5203
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Reviewed June 14, 2016

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...More

3  Thank Aitku
Reviewed May 29, 2016

Shugakuin Imperial Villa comprises three monastic cottages built on the foot of Higshiyama Mountains, the best of which is Emperor Gomizuno's retreat high up the hillside. There is considerable logistics involved in making the trip. First you need to obtain permission to visit in advance;...More

1  Thank PonsSingapore
Reviewed May 24, 2016

We went there but were not admitted. You need to get a permit from the office in kyoto. Don't just turn up, they will not let you in because it is a guided tour only due to being "Imperial" You can thank me later.

Thank asiatraveller5000
Reviewed April 18, 2016

Lovely place where we finally had peace and quiet in Kyoto. Very calming to sit at the edge of the beautiful and impeccable garden.

Thank luv2travel19941953
Reviewed April 12, 2016

The place is surrounded by a high wall and bamboo thicket, so unless you have one of the pre-arranged permits ― booked out weeks in advance ― then you may as well save yourself the bother of going. I knew that I would not be...More

Thank red_wolf_uk
Reviewed April 10, 2016

WE managed to visit this Imperial palace by good luck. You have to apply for a permit to visit. The permits may be obtained from a local office near to the entrance and if your are English speaking then there guided tours which you can...More

Thank Melvin B
Reviewed February 5, 2016

This is an old villa with very nice gardens. Perhaps I was on temple/garden overload by the time we arrived at Shugakuin but this place did not have the feeling of other similar locations in Kyoto.

Thank whereoff2nxt
Reviewed January 8, 2016

A high class visit requiring the basic effort of reserving in advance at the imperial household building near the Kyoto Imperial palace.You can visit the Imperial palace and also ask about Katsura villa as well. Bring your passport to register and expect to be allocated...More

1  Thank TokyoStory
Reviewed December 17, 2015

Our free entry permit was arranged for us by a local and we arrived by taxi. We took the free English audio guide, which was much more pleasant to listen to than the patronising american man on the Nijo-jo audio guide! The tour lasted 70...More

Thank Mark M
Reviewed December 12, 2015

Like the Katsura Imperial Villa, entry is possible only with the permission of the Imperial Household Agency. But it is worth the small hassle. This villa is more to the east of the city, and is justifiably famous for its three linked gardens, which convey...More

2  Thank Liars N F
Northern Kyoto
Hot springs and historic temples characterize the
leafy landscapes of Northern Kyoto. Acres of tranquil
residential streets are interrupted by some of Kyoto's
most gorgeous architectural gems, including the
majestic Golden Pavilion of Kinkakuji, the serene
artistry of the Ryoanji Temple rock gardens, and the
bold red paint across the structures of Enryakuji
Temple. Once a religious core of the city, the
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October 1, 2016|
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Response from Melvin B | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, I do not know. We were on Public Transport and foot
May 19, 2015|
Response from yama744 |
Please visit Japanese Imperial Household Agency Web site and it has instructions how to get the permission to visit the villa.
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