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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. By using our Kyoto trip builder, you can arrange your visit to Katsura Imperial Villa and other attractions in Kyoto.
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  • Our guide, Hiro Nakajima, (https://www.tripadvisor.ca/ShowUserReviews-g298564-d6748714-r433315005-Kyoto_MK-Kyoto_Kyoto_Prefecture_Kinki.html) took us there at about 10 am in the morning and he was wor...  more »
  • Entrance to the pretty before is required! Listen not because friends in Australia comes to 11/17, and the 8/1 never reaches a reply-paid postcard to the imperial household Agency on lottery day, we post. Winning postcards arrived at the end of October, group and fill up to third from first choice terms for up to 4 people. It had to because at the time I visited for the first time naturally endowed with vast land according to seasons the Emperor enjoy guests to invite to hospitality. At that time they include garden, sukiya-style building. Total area of 69,000 square meters around slowly and take more than an hour. For more information about how the staff Imperial people all over the place. Healed the suhama, 松琴 Pavilion and prize flowers Pavilion and garden Chapel. However ridicously bad in Hankyu Railway or bus entrance quite walked. Close too soon in a few coffee shop too and arrive and wait for admission.
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  • So was that reception on the day of our North side by side, you get a visitors permit. Expect more great garden was great. People who like gardens is a must. Please note, tickets minutes afternoon session is approximately 60 minutes and was ready already a column of about 15 people from 11 a.m. registration start is 9:30. When 25 people long column so cold counting the number of columns was waiting in the car at the end once again top after only a few remained. You should be aware. It is because on the day tickets are able to apply up to four per person 15 matrix and worst 60-ensure it can be.
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  • The Katsura Imperial Villa (桂離宮 Katsura Rikyū?), or Katsura Detached Palace, is a villa with associated gardens and outbuildings in the western suburbs of Kyoto, Japan (in Nishikyō-ku, separate from the Kyoto Imperial Palace). It is one of Japan's most important large-scale cultural treasures. Its gardens are considered a masterpiece of Japanese gardening, and the buildings are regarded among the greatest achievements of Japanese architecture.[citation needed] The palace includes a shoin ("drawing room"), tea houses, and a strolling garden. The palace formerly belonged to the princes of the Hachijō-no-miya (八条宮) family. The Imperial Household Agency administers it, and accepts visitors by appointment.
  • The Katsura Imperial Villa ( it writes 桂離宮 reads " Katsura Rikyū" in Japanese ). This detouched villa in the western suburbs of Kyoto is a separate part of Kyoto Imperial Palace. The villa is associated with beautiful gardens and outbuildings. It is one of Japan's most important large-scale cultural treasures. Its gardens are considered a masterpiece of Japanese gardening, and the buildings are regarded among the greatest achievements of Japanese architecture. The palace formerly belonged to the princes of the Hachijō-no-miya family. The name of this prince later given the name of this area called Hachijo. The Imperial Household Agency administers this place, and they accepts visitors by appointment. For the detail information, please read our separate page on Imperial Palace. ( Trans-word+ : TGM Kyoto Guide )
  • My brother and I were fortunate enough to tour this Villa back in 1991. Stunning from every angle. And to add to the excitement we were joined by Richard Gere and Cindy Crawford. Plan ahead though as you must reserve an invitation to view the gardens.
  • Best example of japanese traditional architecture
  • Best for traditional architecture