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Sento Imperial Palace (Sento Gosho), Kyoto
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The Sentō Imperial Palace 22acre) is a large garden in Kyoto, Japan, formerly the grounds of a palace for retired emperors. It is administered by the Imperial Household Agency and may be visited by appointment.HistorySento Imperial Palace was completed in 1630 for Emperor Go-Mizunoo's retirement, along with the corresponding Ōmiya Palace for the Empress Dowager Nyoin. Both palaces were repeatedly destroyed by fire and reconstructed until a blaze in 1854, after which the Sento palace was never rebuilt. (Ōmiya Palace was, however, reconstructed in 1867 and is still used by the emperor whenever he visits Kyoto). Today only two Sento structures, the Seika-tei and Yushin-tei teahouses, remain. The excellent gardens, laid out in 1630 by renowned artist Kobori Masakazu (Kobori Enshu), are now its main attractions.LayoutThe palace grounds are located within the southeast corner of the Kyoto Imperial Palace, and entered via a stately wooden gate within its surrounding earthen wall. A carriage house with graceful triple gables sits just within, but still outside the garden's unadorned inner wall, whose gate leads directly to a fine view opening westward across the garden pond.The garden's primary feature is a large pond with islands and walkways, whose north and south segments were linked by a short canal in 1747. The north pond was extended and reworked from 1684-1688; the south pond is notable for its expansive "ocean shore" of rounded stones and cherry trees, an edging of mixed natural and hewn stones, and a separate, understated embankment of squared stones. The ponds contain a variety of highly picturesque islands and six bridges in a varied styles, including one with an impressive wisteria trellis (built 1895)(Ex-Emperor's Palace)'', undated booklet (August 2007
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  • This garden is stunning in what it evokes with just a simple pallette of green strokes. Surprising how many green colors there could be with different textures. Visited yesterday and the maples were j...  more »
  • Enjoy spacious room can see part of the baby was like breakfast Katsura Rikyu, has seemed to want to own a decent here. In the coming day or three cows in the cic directly the next day admission possible
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  • Arrive at the admission visitors within 15 minutes, walking in the grounds of the Imperial Palace from subway marutamachi or Kyoto Palace marutamachi Station North Gate. I was booked on the net from two months ago, this summer began visiting day at the reception line 10-persons afford was. It wasn't brought along by the guides, Garden walk in one hour, but today's Guide is still an unfamiliar female, pad, remember that rattled speaks once in the water, so interesting. Guides tell anecdotes wherever the Emperor and Empress, author of stones, trees, at its different parts and the late Princess Diana, I'm in you are lucky if you meet. The fragrant olive wafted over the buds of the Camellia. From this mid-11 autumn and snow in January will be researching.
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  • ◆ ◆ The Kyoto Imperial Palace : Known as 京都御所 Kyoto-gosho ) is the former ruling palace of the Emperor of Japan. The emperors have resided at the Tokyo Imperial Palace since 1869 (Meiji Restoration); the preservation of the Kyoto Imperial Palace was ordered in 1877. Today the grounds are open to the public, and the Imperial Household Agency hosts public tours of the buildings several times a day.The Kyoto Imperial Palace is the latest of the imperial palaces built at or near its site in the north-eastern part of the old capital of Heiankyo after the abandonment of the larger original Heian Palace that was located to the west of the current palace during the Heian Period. The Palace lost much of its function at the time of the Meiji Restoration, when the capital functions were moved to Tokyo in 1869. ◆ ◆ You can get a special invitation to view their garden which is not open to public. Free tours of Kyoto Imperial Palace are held several times daily in English and Japanese. ◆ ◆ 1. You will need a pre-authorization of the Imperial Household Agency to go on a guided tour ( both in English & Japanese ). ( Trans-word+ : TGM Kyoto Guide )
  • Just looked at it from the outside, so no idea if it is worth going in. The park around the palace is nice and when I was there it was quiet with not to many people. It is a good sport to rest from the crowds.
  • Huge garden. Entrance to the palace only with booking. You must do this few days before visit
  • Huge garden. The pedestrian made of sand/small rocks makes it hard to move around by baby stroller.
  • Beautiful gardens. You are only allowed inside with a tour guide. Make reservations at least one day ahead in the Imperial Household office.