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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  • We did Nijo and here the same day. There is no entry fee and some parts are spectacular, but again lots of gravel and not much shade so can get a bit warm in a hot day. If you’re getting board to temp...  more »
  • We visited the Kyoto Imperial Palace, just outside of course, and strolled along the beautiful Palace Gardens. Thanks to the cherry blossoms, Hanami sakura, the Park was just lovely, Japan finally that we expected, pure poetry. We met a married couple in traditional dress, a gentleman on his knees that he talked to flowers and smelled the perfume taking the petals in his hands. An enchantment.
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  • Kyoto Imperial palace is located approximately 10 minutes by train from the Kyoto main station. In addition to the Imperial Palace there is a beautiful garden. Please find the pictures attached:  more »
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  • This place is really big. They give you a number sign to wear around your neck as you enter. Then you are directed to a waiting room/souvenir store area where people wait for guided tours to start. We missed the last English tour at 2pm so we went in on our own and followed the route signs. Buildings are very impressive and since the imperial palace in Kyoto was off limits, we found this to be a good opportunity to see the place. Buildings were impressive. Not allowed to go inside though. Took about an hour to walk the predefined route. Was also free.
  • Very poor setup. Nothing much can be seen / interact. Very vast place. Not many locals know much about it... so it is difficult to get good information about it... One may need to walk a lot to get to the right entrance... Only some tour agents/tour guides know the place well...
  • Nice places to go. It is a good opportunity to see an imperial palace for free. In Tokyo it is not open to the public. Even though some buildings had been removed for fire protection, the are is still impressive. Best way to go is to join one of the English tour guides. They will give you many information regarding the historical buildings and how live was for the emperor.
  • LOVE THIS PLACE. VERY HUGE and you can almost spend your entire day walking from one side to the other side. Well spent though, since this place is not crowded (I am sure the tourist will prefer to spend their time visiting temples). You can find most of the locals here spending their time to exercise or just walk around. There is a free tour available, you should definitely check it out!
  • This is huge!!!! It's well-preserved and such a peaceful stroll for the afternoon. Kyoto is a very historical place and so beautiful, it feels like you're travelling back in time. The palace is so big and quite overwhelming with beautiful gardens and old trees. For a more "museum-like" experience, visit the other castle in Kyoto. This one here is purely outdoors so it's just buildings!
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