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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. Put Shugakuin Imperial Villa on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Kyoto tour planner.
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  • Booking on the Internet. The time of cherry blossoms, autumn leaves both popular reservations can be hard to may, but as a full-fledged garden is one of the places always look out for.
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  • 修學院離宮還滿難預約的,我們提早了2周才約到。因爲是冬季,多少景色還是有點蕭瑟,建議秋季紅楓時去看會比較好。按照預約時間提前20分鐘抵達入口,將由專業導游帶領大家按照既定路綫參觀,可惜是以日文説明。在檢查護照的地方向工作人員索取中文語音導覽器才不至於錯過講解内容。  more »
  • Need to apply for a visit in advance via the Internet. I think the visit will be carried out, in addition to the 60-minute course around the wider. In the mid-17th century, the emperor stepped down from gomijeunoo situation where completed, Kami, Naka, consists of a mock three villas. Set set by taking advantage of the natural light is a beautiful garden, pond and landscaping, and leaves harmony shows extreme Japanese garden. The Villa has a special architecture features a Gardasil building rather than the traditional form was rather deformed, Japan, from the inside, so to have better appreciation of the gardens, this villa and garden of gomijeunoo situation for a glimpse.
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  • Shugaku-in Villa is Constructed by the order of the Emperor Gomizunoo in the mid-seventeenth century, Shugakuin Imperial Villa consists of three villas (Lower, Middle, and Upper). Its incorporation of the surrounding natural scenery into the garden design is typical of Japanese architecture. ( TGM Kyoto )
  • Great to visit the Imperial Villa/gardens. Be sure to make a booking in advance to preventie any disapointments.
  • 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.