Katsura Imperial Villa, Kyoto

4.5
#6 of 90 in Parks in Kyoto
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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  • I was lucky in that passing through Kyoto two weeks previously I had booked my tours of the imperial villas at the helpful Imperial Household Agency. By the time I came to take the tours the...  more »
  • Even in winter, this garden is excellent. I can only imagine how amazing it would be in spring or autumn. You do have to apply in advance for a tour (I think you can try on the day but not...  more »
  • This was one of the highlights of our 12 days in Japan. The gardens are a stunning example of Japanese style and simplicity, and the tour groups are small enough that you can enjoy them and learn a.....  more »
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  • I will review it in English, because we had the English tour. The guide was so nice and the young woman could answer all the questions we had. The area is so beautiful and gave us a calm feeling and a lot of new eypressions.
  • A palace for emperor and his family to enjoy the moon. That is one of their past time activities.
  • Fabulous Japanese traditional garden in Kyoto. IYou need to make an application for the site tour on the web in advance and the seats always get occupied soon, but it is worth seeing. This garden was built in 17th century for the second house of Japanese Imperial’s relative. It is said that this garden is the masterpiece of Japanese classic garden. Fortunately it has never been destroyed so you can see as it was built more than 300 years ago.
  • Beautiful gardens, every tree and stone was selected for a purpose. A wonderful experience with a English speaking tour guide. You need to reserve your visit in advance.
  • It’s beautiful I wish you didn’t have to do the tour and just wonder by yourself. I do understand why you can’t HUMANS.

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