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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  • We were fortunate to find out that we could apply for ticket ( free ) at Kyoto Imperial Palace to go to Katsura Imperial Villa . You need to fill out a form ) in English ) , and produce your passport ...  more »
  • On the roof garden, located to the West of Kyoto, will follow the Katsura River. From the imperial household Agency, went to put the book in a postcard. There is spectacular autumn leaves and cherry blossoms.
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  • Beauty, not to mention in a skillful public speaking how to guide further Katsura imperial villa close to felt. That scene will be attracted to the seasons. Repeaters often reason makes sense. Increases depth by listening to the guide alone is nice, isn't it?
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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
  • Beautiful villa/garden! Relaxing atmosphere. Audioguides in english available. We went to the imperial household office and luckily got a date for the next day.
  • Incredibly beautiful, but hard to get in :-) You have to book in advance on the website.
  • Very nice place to visit. Limited to 60 people per day. No cost, you only have to line before 11 am
  • 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.

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