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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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  • The Sento Gosho is within walking distance from Kyoto Gosho, the Imperial Palace, and was born as a residence of the emperors in retreat. Built in 1630 was destroyed in 1854 and not rebuilt. On its foundation in 1867 was built the current Omiya Palace. To visit the interiors you have to obtain a permit (it's free and is given right away, it was December and there was people) and participate in a tour only in Japanese but there are audio guides in several languages. The visit is not exciting and takes about an hour. But what it's really worth seeing is the park where both palaces. Designed by Kobori Enshu date from the same era as the old Feel Gosho, and there is only a Japanese garden but the most beautiful park in Kyoto. Admission is free and free of charge and is open from dawn to dusk.
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  • Day visit application has started, so lined up more than an hour, we get the tickets. So you can visit certainly do expect to queue are just extremely difficult to obtain during the high season and the fall foliage season with previous reservation only. Gradient color of the foliage in the garden is a spectacular 10-minute. Yesterday went to the Katsura detached Palace in tickets available on the day of the think in the garden of Katsura detached Palace far on in the beauty of the fall foliage is surpassed by the Sento Imperial Palace. At the parents ' request, on the day of pick flowers such as cherry blossom season, the Wisteria season reached its peak from this is limited.
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  • During this season I wanted to see, register on the Internet 3 months ago (admission starts immediately after applying 3, 1 elected) visited. Sento Imperial Palace Word is representing retired Emperor's residence, the building does not exist anymore, you can visit our eternal Palace was the residence of the garden and inside Imperial Prince (ōmiya Palace). Big pond surrounding fall foliage quantity and density in both fine tour is limited at this time and until I felt. We believe also in 70 day tour (now 11/2016) also provided the weather during this season is good, if you see lined up from the morning?. Details are available in the HP of the imperial household Agency.
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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.