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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  • At the end of a simple subway journey and brief walk, these gardens started in the early 1600s. The free guided tour is required (with free multilingual commentary) and provides surprising glimpses at...  more »
  • I visited many gardens in Kyoto and Nara. This one did not disappoint. It was not crowded and it was a lovely example of the Japanese gardens. If you visit, there is a traditional tea house about 10 m...  more »
  • Great Japan gardens with a spectacular sight is! Parking lot is. You can walk from Katsura station on the Hankyu. Went to GW in late April, but book early in January. Book is contested.
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  • Amazing place. The best garden design i have seen in Japan. Absolutely worth booking a time to visit here if you are travelling in Kyoto. The walk around gives very different atmospheres in the different parts of the garden. The guide was great but he spoke just a little too loudly. Making it very hard to hear our audio guides in English, other than this small issue the trip was perfect. The history of the place is worth briefly reading up on too.
  • Very beautiful garden and palace a definitely must see. This used to be the old imperial palace. It's amazing to see and hear it's history as you walk through the palace and beautiful gardens.
  • Lovely tour experience (only open for tours). Electronic, audio tour guides available at counter for full experience as the tour guide themselves only speaks Japanese. Many photographic sceneries and opportunities.
  • One of the prettiest Japanese gardens. Best time to visit is in autumn when all the maple trees are red; however, in order to do so, you need to book the reservation 6 months in advance. The Villa was constructed for moon viewing so a lot of elements there are conductive to that. We visited at 3 pm on a winter day so the sun was setting slightly. The tour is in Japanese but you have to option of getting the English self-guided one.
  • A so beautiful Villa, with a nice parc, place around. The view from the last floor of the Villa is beautiful. Recommended, also for the visit of the Villa & his history
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