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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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  • The palace itself was a very very educational visit. You no longer require advance booking or a guided tour to visit the palace. Entry is free. The gardens are beautiful and it is easy to get lost in ...  more »
  • i came here so many times i can not eve tell how many. close to my university Doshisha. the hear of ancient Kyoto capital of Japan for 1000 years. 
  • The tour of the Palace is not always possible, but see it outwardly worth and gardens, as always in the Japan, are beautiful.
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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.