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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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Worth Visiting But Need To Register

Like the Katsura Imperial Villa, entry is possible only with the permission of the Imperial... read more

Reviewed December 12, 2015
Liars N F
Serene Garden

Beautiful garden. You must arrange ticket in advance, but I had no trouble getting a Thursday... read more

Reviewed December 7, 2015
Bill G
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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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  • Average5%
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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 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
Reviewed December 7, 2015 via mobile

Beautiful garden. You must arrange ticket in advance, but I had no trouble getting a Thursday ticket on Tuesday at the Imperial Household Agency. It is free and they even provide an English audio guide (though you stay with the group on the guided tour)....More

Thank Bill G
Reviewed November 30, 2015

The fact that visitor numbers are limited by reservation make it a very attractive place for me. Transport is slightly complicated as it's far from city centre. I booked the tour months in advance but you can visit the Imperial Household Agency office in Imperial...More

1  Thank Jessica H
Reviewed November 2, 2015

Although it is outside of the standard fare bus zone, it is easily reached by bus or subway but is a bit of a walk from there through a residential neighborhood. The garden and view from the teahouse is one of the most scenic of...More

2  Thank drichrx
Reviewed October 28, 2015

I have read about the discipline and the attention to detail of the Japanese. It was in Shugakuin where I really saw this concretized. As our small group of 20 was led around the villa by a Japanese guide (I had to rely on an...More

Thank clayman79
Reviewed October 5, 2015

This is one of my favorite places but you have to make reservations months in advance. One of the great things is that they have small groups so you don't have to fight the crowd like the other places. Tip: Wear comfortable shoes.

Thank mona100
Reviewed September 2, 2015

This is my favorite of the Imperial properties in Kyoto. It is like taking a step back in time and the experience of moving through the space and the gardens is fantastic. As with all the Imperial properties you need to visit Shugakuin with a...More

Thank Karavansara-SR
Reviewed August 22, 2015

Definitely worth a visit and a wait in line (you have to make reservations). Do not forget to go in spring or fall, and ask for an English audio guide!

Thank Evelinaxii
Reviewed August 21, 2015

Stepping back in time was amazing! You can go inside and walk on he tatami floors. Even sit on the porch over looking the ponds and gardens!

Thank Li F
Reviewed July 30, 2015

Emperor Gomizuo made this fantastic villa. You can see the mountain as a part of scenery of the garden of villa. Spectacular view!

1  Thank Hiro_Nakajima
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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