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Kyoto Imperial Palace, Kyoto

Categories: Government Buildings, Historic Sites, Nature & Parks, Tourist Spots
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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. Kyoto Imperial Palace is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our international travel planner, Kyoto Edition.
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  • Taking a tour may mean you are rushed through this amazing place. Our guide wisely gave us twice the allocated time (about 2 hours) and it still felt rushed. There is a lot to see here and crowds galo...  read more »
  • It is highly recomended to visit in the morning hours since the last entry is at 15:20! It is so early. We missed it. I wonder why it isn't open at least until half past four? 
  • The former Imperial Palace of Kyoto. 1868 to 795 to Kyoto was the Imperial capital of Japan. The former Imperial Palace can be visited. You can walk around in the complex, but no buildings from the inside. Despite that, it is very impressive to here. Where also the Emperor in his golden cage. Beautiful buildings, of which many are not as old as they seem, but that's in the Japan of wooden buildings and earthquakes are not unusual. Recommended if you are in Kyoto and wants to see something other than temples.
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  • It's a good place to see historical Japanese structures and learn about Japanese history. Note that you need to enter and stay with a tour group which must be reserved earlier on in the day (or maybe even a few days in advance). I would have liked to explore the area more, but many parts were fenced off, which is reasonable as they want to preserve these structures.
  • Large and vast complex from the Emperor. A shame that so many areas are closed off to the public. Bur definitely a visit worth. Reminder don't forget to bring your passport if you want to enter.
  • Very cool historical site. Must visit in Kyoto. The buildings are old and needs maintenance but still beautiful nevertheless. Only parts of the grounds are open which is a huge disappointment. The halls are empty, it would be nice to see some furniture and replica of ancient decor. The gardens are very zen and nice.
  • Big palace in the centre of Kyoto. Be aware, the palace is closed regularly and you can't visit everything. But nevertheless it's a nice tour around.
  • Interesting for 1st time visitors to kyoto. Bring your passport. Close by the M subway station just a 5min walk. Cant get an application online? Don't sweat it. Just come early in the morning ideally on a weekday when there's usually less people (and less loudmouthed foul and brainless idiots that are mainland Chinese tourists). Bring your passport. And try your luck to register. Once inside you're forced to sit thru a yawn of a information video. Bear with it and then follow on the tour. It's OK if you don't understand everything. Just ignore the jabbering guide in Japanese and just enjoy the sights inside. Tour takes around 35mins.
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