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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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  • I went to 4/4. This is a book from 9:30. From watching the video in the break room 30 minutes perfect for walks was started. It is very easy to understand because it had seen the video. Ōmiya Palace before, aside from street view around the pond, while a beautiful Moss garden 1 hour, have described. It is a garden, such as wisteria, cherry blossoms, leaves, each season.
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  • Unfortunately, the early cherry blossoms. Seasonal assorted flowers are to enjoy is like. Accepted on the day of 11:00. One day three times so you can see.
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  • Visit the Sento Imperial Palace, to book online on the internet. This is done easily and quickly. You are given a date and time where you present. On-site control identity, small film presentation, and strict, guided in Japanese, but you have access to a handy audio guide in all languages. Don't expect to visit Interior. There are a few buildings, but the one hour tour is done exclusively in the Japanese garden. It's nice, but so many complications to it. For me, it is more interesting to see the main Palace.
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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.