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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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  • Go get a reservation. Imperial household Agency will use to manage. Provides information about 1 hour hachijō royalty's Villa, in the 17th century during the Edo period, but was "exceptional" and palaces built. Also, would you want to look at time.
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  • About an hour in the garden and walks slowly. Careful culprit, Moss, walk on gravel and stones. This Palace is more spectacular fall foliage is also good this winter may feel. Because the guide will explain to can understand well. I could be wearing non-slip shoes.
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  • It is indeed. This is exceptional. Great care is in good condition. You can win the lottery the Hotseat of autumn and Saturday was uneasy, but lucky to have won. Luxury speaking, more freedom to take tour we wanted, but.... Our on staff, easy-to-understand content, was taking decent pictures time. But I go around, I wanted to see more slowly.
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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