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Sento Imperial Palace (Sento Gosho), Kyoto

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  • You can only visit the garden by applying for a 'permit'. Do apply early as the number of visitors is limited. Plan your visit well as it is quite a long walk from the subway station. We were late and...  more »
  • There are a couple of free activities that can be done when visiting Kyoto, and one of them is to visit the palaces. In order to visit join the Sentō Imperial Palace, you would need to join the free t...  more »
  • Because Sento Imperial Palace, located in Kyoto-gyoen, is a very quiet place, it seems to forget what in Kyoto city. There are also applications on the day, but it is difficult to see foreign traveler...  more »
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  • An real treat to see how the 'royals' pass the time of day. The tour is a little fast but it's worth making the booking. It's FREE!
  • Had a lovely guided tour through the palace - free of charge - super lush, people were really friendly
  • Really nice and ridiculously huge garden area and palace. My mate and I were just walking past as a tour was about to start and signed up. Didn't cost anything and neither did the audio guide. The sign out front said tours at 1400 and 1500
  • 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.
  • ◆ ◆ 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 )