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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  • Walking through the grounds is impressive however one can’t get close enough to see any of the rooms. It’s impossible to see clearly even with a zoom lens of a camera. This was disappointing as there ...  more »
  • A must in Kyoto. I went for a history lesson but stayed for gorgeous gardens. I saw every shade of green you can imagine in the middle of Japanese winter. Simple gorgeous! Very interesting historic pl...  more »
  • The grounds are very spacious , and always we enjoy walking around the grounds . We were lucky enough to see the ancient exhibition of scenes showing how the people in the Imperial court lived . Life-...  more »
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  • We visited this great imperial palace and its amazing garden while raining. We love it so much because seeing it we could imagine the greatness of Japanese Emperor. The building are really great to see it. Even though we couldn't entered inside of the building we enjoyed our visit.
  • Free english tour of 1 hour at 10h00. Interesting guide and knowledgeable. You can't go in any building. These building are not in use since 100 years. The garden is ok but there is better to see in this city. Overall, a nice destination but there is more interesting to do in this city.
  • I must see for anyone is Kyoto. I mean it is free entry after all. Just gotta find it right between construction/maintenance of the palace, and the crowds. I'd recommend visiting early morning or late afternoon on a week day.
  • the place is so simple... there is not so many attractive moment from the palace we can see... just a few picture with the history..and a small garden .. but its ok to visit.. the palace has a huge yard around..
  • The palace and castle is mighty and impressive. Lots to see and know about, and you get a glimpse of what being Emperor/Shogun was like. Being a history buff, it truly satisfied me to see so many historical points about the castle. However, the garden surrounding it, whilst it is beautiful and huge, it provided me with no information with where the entrance to the castle actually was. My mother and I got lost for an hour before we spotted a group of tourists. Need that sign man. Crucial for getting tourists who are going alone an easier time.

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