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Kyoto Imperial Palace, Kyoto
(3.9/5 based on 1,400+ reviews on the web)
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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  • 京都御所至今仍然是天皇的家,如果天皇夫妻前往京都,依然居住在御所之中。平常只要上網預約,不需要費用,就可以跟著英文或者日文導覽,前往參觀。當然建築物都不能進去,不過當紙門打開時,還是可以看見內裝。 
  • It is not often you get to enter the palace grounds. But it you find they're open and accepting visitors, best take full opportunity and go! They've got a well marked route tourists can follow and alm...  more »
  • The castle is big and very beatiful, well conserved and the gardens are amazing. There is a house in the entry/exit where a tv shows a explanation abou the castle. 
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  • Seemingly endless gravel roads lead you into the main entry point. Once you go in your immersed in history. There is English everywhere to help you understand the cultural significance of this place. The gardens were stunning, completely breathtaking. Unlike many other locals this wasn't over crowded and we had plenty of time to meander. They want you out by 4:00 pm, so arrive no later than 3:00 pm! Free admission.
  • Nice place, quit usually you have to apply for a visit via Internet. When I was there - beginning of August - you can visit the place without special application. Why only three stars? Because you can't enter houses, temples at that place. You can only take pictures from distance. But there is a nice Japan garden at the place.
  • Yet another great location in Kyoto with stunning history and architecture. Also its free! Make sure you're there before 3:30pm otherwise you won't get in .
  • Didn't get to go into the Imperial Palace (call and book ahead, usually requires a few days reservation to get in). We just walked in their garden, it's huge and a good walk. I do recommend the Nijo Castle. The Emperor isn't really the one that holds power but the Shogun, and you can feel that at the Nijo Castle.
  • The prior booking rule does not apply anymore. It is still free for visitor and very little tourists visit relatively compared to other famous Kyoto shrines. Well worth a visit.