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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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  • From Katsura station on the Hankyu train 30 minutes walk is approximately 10 minutes by taxi. In no House at all times, 1-2 times a year, the general public, and only the date.
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  • I went to Katsura imperial villa when the maple leaves were turning red. Although we had to go there to register at 11 a.m. And attend the tour of either 1:30 p.m., 2:30p.m. Or 3:30p.m., it was still ...  more »
  • We had planned to go to the Imperial Villa on a Sunday, without prior reservations. My dad and a family friend went ahead early in the morning to line up for tickets (the ticket booth doesn't open unt...  more »
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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
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