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Katsura Imperial Villa, Kyoto

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#9 of 66 in Parks in Kyoto
Garden Historic Site
Admire the traditional Japanese architecture and garden design of Katsura Imperial Villa, a well-preserved residence of the Japanese imperial family. Only accessible as part of a tour, visits to the household last around an hour, taking the circular walking route through the garden and around the central pond. Completed in their current form in 1645, the villa and garden display many of the key features of regal Japanese households, including pristine, uncluttered living spaces, sliding doors, garden ornaments, native plant life, and shrines. By using our Kyoto trip builder, you can arrange your visit to Katsura Imperial Villa and other attractions in Kyoto.
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  • In the study have not been published, so the garden garden tour experience to be a ingenuity parasols and tea room are great.
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  • So no "spectacular" to look at what time of the year... with cherry blossoms, leaves, green and then is left no choice but submission because someone had to convince me, I'll stop... I just want to go, and. It was a tour of the building yard wouldn't be a big deal, though also for super long hearing and pass straight through. Good description is intended less to say the least.... If you study who once described the Imperial Palace or shugakuin, sunlight Tosho-gu shrine full of? This Palace and just a really poor description people!
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  • This stunning garden will never get the reviews it deserves because the number of visitors is so small. Before you had to get reservations 6 months in advance through the Imperial Household. Now you c...  more »
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  • This garden is a MUST see! All the elements that are needed for an harmonic, balanced garden are here. If it's not on your "to do" list, put it there. The hassle free booking makes it so easy. DO IT! It is breathtakingly beautiful
  • Very nice place to visit. Limited to 60 people per day. No cost, you only have to line before 11 am
  • Stunning garden and we'll preserved buildings. The history isn't bad either.
  • Perfect example of Japanese style architecture with very well though garden. Free entrance, but you need to make appointment at least one day before in imperial Palace administration office (near imperial palace), or you can try luck and wait near entrance for free spots.
  • Were unable to visit as we found out on arrival that one has to book ahead for timed guided tours. Not that easy to get to with public transport

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