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 day that was originally logged was not drawn, and the other day, the same time, there are a lot of people out there, but there are not many people on the scene, and there are almost no people on the market, so if you don't have a good season and you don't have a reference, the advice is to take care of the weather. The navigator speaks Japanese all the while, listening to people who do not understand Japanese can use the language to check their identity for free, and please make the language necessary. While there is a bit of a misunderstanding with the scene, the interpretation is generally fairly clear, with the view that the audio guides can see the playback number. The people who work here will want you to stay out of the team, and after all, you'll have time to take photos.
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  • 1:30 PM, 2:30, 30 3 times registration does not open to the public. Free of charge. Inside tour around the garden with two North-South pond, takes about 1 hour. With guide provides description, so understand history. Seen from anywhere in the garden did ya as long as in the picture.
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  • Shugakuin and Katsura imperial villa, Kyoto Imperial Palace equally on registration principles to Imperial Kyoto Office directly application can. If vacant on the day is OK. And go straight from the Kyoto Imperial garden of the continued to Sento Imperial Palace in Kyoto Omiya Palace entrance. About 20 people a guide staff and explaining the premises. There are many sights, still good as leaves of the cherry blossom season. Is a cumbersome process that is worth a look.
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  • Nice garden, but I wasn't happy with the tour to much. I know it's free, but I would be willing to pay money for more time here. The tour guide was nice and knowledgeable (only spoke Japanese), however the whole tour felt very rushed. Half my photos are blurred because I had no time to stop. Most of the garden is barricaded and they very strictly state you can only go with the tour guide. They even have a police man trail behind you to make sure you don't go elsewhere. I'm sure he was nice to, but i felt very pressed and pushed through the garden. I really wish they just charged money for the reservation and gave us time to walk around.
  • Great Japanese garden with gorgeous views in spring and autumn. Need to make reservations 3 months in advance. Very well worth the wait.,
  • 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!
  • Very nice! Free tour at 14:30 and 15:30 if you booked in the morning in the main gate:)
  • 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

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