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Kyoto Imperial Palace
Ranked #1 of 21 things to do in Kamigyo
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Owner description: This location was the home of the Imperial Family until 1868 when the formal residence was relocated to Tokyo. Free, guided tours are given daily but only to those who have made reservations in advance.
Reviewed July 8, 2017

The guided tour was worth it for the interesting information but you can wander the grounds by yourself. You are not allowed in any of the buildings either way.

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Reviewed July 5, 2017 via mobile

A lovely walk around the Imperial Palace ground. The audio guide using iPhone app is succinct, brilliant and informative.

Thank JackyLee_Sing_Bel
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Reviewed July 4, 2017 via mobile

If you went to the palace in Tokyo you can skip this. There is not much to see unless I missed something

Thank TrotaAye3
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Reviewed June 27, 2017 via mobile

This is clearly an important historical site, and the outside of the buildings are beautiful.

For me, the pros are that they have an app that provides a brief audio tour as you walk the grounds. Each segment is 1-2 minutes so don't expect anything comprehensive. Admission and wifi are free. Most signs include English.

For the cons, there is not a lot of information. The audio guide is brief, and there are not all that many informational boards. The worst part is the you are not allowed inside the buildings, and most of the screens were shut. You basically look at the outside of the building.

This was a disappointment after visiting the nearby Nijo Castle. There, you can go inside, see the rooms and artwork, and learn a great deal more about the era. Of course, there is a nominal admission fee. Knowing what I know now, if I had to chose only one, it would definitely be Nijo Castle. Similarly historical but so much more interesting.

Thank roberthV5013VZ
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Reviewed June 26, 2017 via mobile

This was very close to the hotel, at a walking distance! Great place, free; you got to walk around the palace, not inside. You get a view of this magnificent building. Good!

Thank Chinata1215
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