Katsura Imperial Villa, Kyoto

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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. Plan to see Katsura Imperial Villa and other attractions that appeal to you using our Kyoto trip itinerary planning tool .
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  • September 27, 2017
    See also the opportunity to watch it more often heard name, not only from the book so far, but that could not "Katsura". First went to the garden searching for the essence of the beauty of Japan since July this year on the day you can watch in the pouring rain. It is was built as a villa of former motomiya House, for about 400 years until it has been decorated in care of historical gardens. It was sight to behold the beauty of the building combines skillfully with aesthetic sense honed as the Shoin of a central building and pond, and Japan gardens, such as one by one they stand to make the most of trees representing all skill and taste. Can walk around, taking in about an hour. It is recommended to be careful because it is the garden of the imperial household agency jurisdiction does not touch trees never appreciated.
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  • September 6, 2017
    On the day got in the tour book. (First 80, available from 11:00) is a beautiful, vast and have each featured buildings. And visited in the middle of a typhoon approaching bad luck, so watch and where, far from feeling it was "unmissable" and recommended, as it was.
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  • September 4, 2017
    15 minutes walk from Katsura station on the guide was the most beautiful garden grounds, guide me it is met our guides, it is is good easy to understand has construction under construction at Kabuga has it ends at the end of October You will enjoy more whole fall season
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  • July 14, 2017
    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
  • July 5, 2017
    Very nice place to visit. Limited to 60 people per day. No cost, you only have to line before 11 am
  • June 17, 2017
    Stunning garden and we'll preserved buildings. The history isn't bad either.
  • May 8, 2017
    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.
  • June 2, 2017
    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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