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Sento Imperial Palace (Sento Gosho), Kyoto

Categories: Historic Sites, Landmarks, Tourist Spots
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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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  • 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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  • Kyoto Gyoen National Garden in the Kyoto State Guest House, Kyoto Imperial Palace and Sento Imperial Palace. I think compared to the Kyoto Imperial Palace, hard to draw, per, should be booked in advance. After the reception, the imperial household Agency (maybe? ) Of people will guide you. Continue around the well in the Sento Imperial Palace order in approximately one hour. The Sento Imperial Palace building and burned down, and not rebuilt. In other words, manicured garden and some tea places. Especially remember is a place called South pond shores beach. It is that stone matched here about 110000 pieces per one stone promises us 1 Shou in and hauled it down. Come look.
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  • We went to visit the Sento Imperial Palace after being 4 days in Kyoto visiting temples and beautiful gardens and the latter is not a must-see. Furthermore we have to book time at the Park Information Office and the visit is guided and quite boring. I think it may be of interest to the Japanese but not as a tourist attraction. There are a thousand sites most beautiful and interesting in the city.
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  • Beautiful gardens. You are only allowed inside with a tour guide. Make reservations at least one day ahead in the Imperial Household office.
  • The guard/police was nice for letting me in even i was late.
  • No access to most people that are not in guided tour
  • One of the most beautiful gardens that are in Kyoto. It is a must-see. It is important to book in advance on the website of the imperial palace.
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  • Advance reservation is required.
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