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Katsura Imperial Villa, Kyoto

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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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  • I first visited Katsura in 1968 and saw three gardeners cutting the grass with scissors. The great loving care of these Imperial Villa gardens may not be the same today but Katsura is still the most b...  more »
  • The gardens are absolutely amazing...AMAZING.......spectacular..and so very soothing to the Spirit of the frenzied tourist whose plate overflows with must-see sights. The tranquility only interrupted ...  more »
  • Our favourite Imperial garden. Get there early & have a coffee at Yoki's Coffee House close to the front entrance. Lockers, video, English map were helpful. Well maintained and beautiful grounds.  more »
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  • 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.
  • Stunning garden and we'll preserved buildings. The history isn't bad either.
  • 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
  • Well worth a visit if you get the chance.
  • It's tricky to get in, but once you are it's amazing!