Kyoto Imperial Palace, Kyoto

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Explore an important chapter in the nation's history at Kyoto Imperial Palace, the former residence of the country's royal family. Join a guided tour to access the 19th-century palace complex and explore its array of buildings and gardens. Afterwards, you can stroll through the lush grounds of the surrounding park, which ranks as one of the city's most popular outdoor leisure spots. Keep in mind that you must apply ahead of time for permission to tour the palace--check the website for details to avoid disappointment on the day of your visit. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Kyoto Imperial Palace and many more Kyoto attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Kyoto itinerary builder website.
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  • Unfortunately we couldn't go inside any of the buildings, but still had a nice day out. One thing I would recommend to do is download the free app to your phone that tells you more of the history of....  more »
  • Kyoto Imperial Palace is formed by several palaces, gardens, halls.. and the main palace. You have to follow a path and look at the temples, halls and gardens from a distance. Everything is very...  more »
  • I was pleasantly surprised to find the palace grounds still open to walk-in visitors when so many other places have been shut down by the coronavirus epidemic. Admission is free for a self guided...  more »
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  • Such a beautiful place to visit and totally worth it! This place is my go to whenever I visit Kyoto. I believe there’s a free tour going around most of the buildings in Japanese (maybe in English too). The tour I had was extremely informative last time and I really enjoyed it. It’s much more interesting than learning Japanese history at school. I’d recommend whoever wants to visit here to sort of have knowledge of general Japanese history, so that you’ll find this place more interesting. There’s free lockers available so you can leave your unnecessary stuff like souvenirs or other things that you don’t want to carry when going around this place!
  • Very nice place for a stroll. There is a guided path that takes you through the place, past the many buildings and several beautiful gardens. I could spend many hours in this place. Entrance is also free, but the number of visitors allowed is limited. Next to the entrance there is a room showing a movie about the palace which is worth watching
  • This imperial palace had lost the main building due to fire. Nowadays the vast garden is the main attraction. I came here at the time it was opened for public during spring season. The blooming of the cherry trees were amazing. Some old wooden gates are still intact. The Kenreimon is impressive for me, with its fine architectural aesthetic.
  • Nice place. Not the most impressive thing you'll see on your entire trip but definitely worth the trip. Not too expensive either, might've even been free when I was there. Nice gardens around too which you should definitely check out. Make sure to come during autumn when all all the trees are red!!
  • Free entry. Great guided walk around the grounds with short plaques in English and Japanese to explain the significance of different buildings. Worth a visit.

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