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Shugakuin Imperial Villa, Kyoto

Categories: Gardens, Historic Sites, Nature & Parks, Tourist Spots
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4.7/5 based on 260+ reviews on the web
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. Put Shugakuin Imperial Villa on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Kyoto tour planner.
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  • the villa itself does not look "imperial". It is simple. But the gardens around are absolutely amazing and planned with consideration, every tree in its place. It is free but YOU MUST BOOK IN ADVANCE,...  read more »
  • Need quite a walk from the nearest bus stop or train station is. Hard and uphill. Around the convenience store as well as no. To visit imperial household Agency site, reservation is necessary, as is frame some day. The garden tours at some of the difference between the high and low roads, so still need physical strength. This garden is at the top of the mountain, so good vantage point of Kyoto City. Of course, beautiful gardens, where you can enjoy.
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  • We have 3 days ago the application made for the tour. The tour went into a pleasant pace. The English audio guide made everything understandable. Nice picture location!
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  • 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.
  • I made a terrible walking route to here when Google maps wasn't available for offline mode. I would avoid coming here during summer.
  • Must go even it is your first time to Kyoto, but by reservation only. Recommend to book the early morning session.
  • Palace of the bi emperor was built after the early Edo period. Registration for the Imperial administration, but of course you can visit. Here, on the Palace zone below the Palace, three during their Palace, bath Yongji, on the Palace is especially highlighted. Admission is determined time and course. Quite a distance to be walking and walking to be participating in the walking shoes recommended.
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  • Reservations are required and are free. I did not know had such nice place despite the near by my parents. It is recommended that access is inconvenient.
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