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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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  • A few weeks or months in advance you must get hold of a ticket at the imperial household with a little luck (Internet) or seats allocated to one of the 35 local speculate (only for the very hard Emperor fans). It is carried out stiff using 35 people in Japanese (and English audio guide) by 3 Villenbereiche, each surrounded by a garden and itself rather commemorate Arbour (as in villas). In between are expected in the halting step in slow motion through a Pine Avenue along rice fields, which is why the leadership takes ca 90 min. The upper Villa has a large garden with views of the mountains, Lake and bridge. Probably better in the fall... Some broad directions by bus or train. From my point of view rather then if one is spending time in Kyoto or big Japan fan.
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  • 2017.3.25, I went in today. From eizan railway shugakuin station northeast to 15-minute walk. "Shugakuin" to walk. It in from in front of the dramatic atmosphere. Here is the Royal institution to manage the imperial household Agency. The original 1655-1656 and begins construction, finished in 1659, after Emperor mizunoo cottage was. Divided into "lower Palace", "during their Palace" "on the Palace", incorporating the views of gardens. On one tour (about 70 minutes) these circulated through the Palace. 記shimasenn here is fine. Please confirm with my own eyes. About the school of residence application for visit, as a general rule (1) postcards (2) from the Internet site of the imperial household Agency (3) residence office visits until the day before.... but, pay attention here. As far as 13:30 tour and tour of 15:00 1 tour per capacity 50 in 35 minutes "day open frame" if space is available, and the Palace table butsuden (so popular!-gate) enrollment application is available in the tent before. School Office of the shugakuin imperial villa (075-781-5203) until the top of the phone free sure. Identification for a driver's licence and photo myNumber cards and photos with basic resident registration card, passport and all guests. Free of charge, but on Monday (the day holiday, Tuesday) and year-end and new year holidays, Imperial household Agency in events, does not visit (closed). We also can speak English imperial household agency officials. Foreigners (English-speaking) for rental of audio guides. Palace in a wide and dangerous visitations in the many steps and sloping ground low-shoes (high heels or pumps, etc.) so you stop please. A lottery is parking one are parking in front. We'd better not expect too much. No parking provided by Rikyu (Imperial) side. If challenging walking shugakuin station go by taxi until the table main gate. No buses go directly to table main gate. Please note that the palace nearby 2 coffee or tea, but on visitors Saturday despite been leaving work early stores. So, for example should absolutely never brought the food bought at convenience stores or fast food shop in the Park, eat and drink. In the garden where you can eat or drink automatic sales machines except in table butsuden, the visitors resting on the side of no. (Bought at the vending machine drinks even prohibited hopping. ) You may visit from the introduction to the belly.
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  • Shugakuin (shugo shugakuin), Imperial related hotel located at the foot of Mt. Hiei in Kyoto, sakyo-Ku, scholastic Academy.  In the mid-17th century (0/1653 1653 - 1655 (0/1655)) after the Palace was built on the instructions of the Emperor mizunoo (provided in other than the Imperial Palace the Emperor and the retired Emperor's Villa) is. Consists of mountain stream from the moutain stream artificial ponds with extensive gardens and the related construction. Shugakuin, butsu and on o-Chaya (kaminoochaya), in o-Chaya (nakanoochaya), under the o-Chaya (shimonoochaya) and three gardens, and cover 540000 sq.m in area. Spread of ochaya in each field, each shop with skinny pine trees there. On "ochaya" and under "ochaya", after the bi Emperor (Emperor No. 108) directed by the Edo shogunate building 1659 (0/1659) and 1655 (0/1655)-residence is. After said that construction orders, himself visited the Palace under construction., riding in a palanquin in the bi Emperor disguised himself as a maid said, but the truth is unclear. Shugakuin Imperial "school authority" is not the name of place names of the formerly known as the IE (yamashiro province administrative district) means scholastic Academy village (including the current Kyoto, sakyo-Ku, academic hospital), once had been located nearby this temple derives its name is said. And under the o-Chaya, 1884 (0/1884), was under the authority of the imperial household Agency. On the other hand, in your restaurant at the same time after the 1885 (0/1885) was incorporated into the shugakuin Imperial was built as an Imperial Palace of the daughter of the Emperor mizunoo. Shugakuin and positioned for the imperial household property (owner's country) and after the second world war, Katsura imperial villa, Kyoto Imperial Palace, as well as the imperial household Agency was managed. You will need to get permission to visit prior to sign up through Imperial Kyoto Office, post or direct application or Internet. Also it is not visitors 18 years of age.
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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.