Shugakuin Imperial Villa, Kyoto

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Take a tour of Shugakuin Imperial Villa, a set of three villas and associated gardens owned by the imperial family. Built between 1655 and 1659 by Emperor Gomizuno, the complex features three main buildings, all showcasing different aspects of traditional Japanese imperial architecture, including dark wood facades, sliding doors, elevated tatami mats, and painted wall panels. The sprawling park that surrounds boasts plentiful natural sights: waterfalls, woods, and ponds, as well as enclosed areas made into fine examples of traditional Japanese gardens. Though entry to the buildings is not allowed, many remain open so visitors can see inside as part of the tour. Using our online itinerary creator, Kyoto attractions like Shugakuin Imperial Villa can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • September 14, 2017
    On the Internet, was comparatively easy to accept OK. Dedicated guides who are guided. Peaceful mountain and pond and lookouts, wild monkeys and also encountered. Didn't have a general farmer's fields. Indeed in good condition the imperial household Agency, cleaning trash no one fell. It is very easy to understand will guide you in a small group. When the air is clean enough North of Kyoto abeno appears the designation wasn't. Car close to metered parking there is safe.
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  • September 13, 2017
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  • September 13, 2017
    I have been looking forward to intersect it with the trip so it is balanced in the morning 9:00 times from the NET application permission email came. Cloudy with rain better. From nearest station subway Shijo station hotel went on the bus from the International Centre. Reached the shugakuin imperial in less than 10 minutes from the bus stop. At the reception desk were asked to provide permit number and identity card. I think you'd better never went the shugakuin imperial.
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  • March 28, 2017
    I highly recommend this tour of the breathtaking Shugakuin Imperial Villa. The tour is approximately one hour with a Japanese guide but audio tours are available in English and Chinese. Please be aware that this is a reservation only tour which must be done prior online. Otherwise you can wait for an availability on the spot for the afternoon slots.
  • March 21, 2017
    Very much worth it and Free, BUT: it can only be visited with a tour. Tours in the morning NEED to be reserved, tours in the afternoon can be joined on the spot. Only 2 afternoon tours available, so check out their schedule online!! Gardens are splendid, and the villas and history totally worth your time.
  • December 16, 2016
    The Imperial Villa is one of my favorite spots I've ever visited, in Japan or elsewhere. The garden's beauty is breathtaking.
  • September 27, 2016
    Great to visit the Imperial Villa/gardens. Be sure to make a booking in advance to preventie any disapointments.
  • April 15, 2016
    Beautiful gardens and ponds along with a few old structures. The tour is by reservation only which can be made in person at a Office of the Imperial Household Agency or online. The tour given in Japanese but there is an audio tour available in at least English and Chinese. The tour requires a bit of walking but it is well worth it. Access is easy by taking the number 5 bus to Shugakuin-michi followed by a short walk or taking the Eizan railway to Shugakuin and a moderate walk.

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