Katsura Imperial Villa, Nishikyo

4.4
#6 of 78 in Parks in Kyoto
Admire the traditional Japanese architecture and garden design of Katsura Imperial Villa, a well-preserved residence of the Japanese imperial family. Only accessible as part of a tour, visits to the household last around an hour, taking the circular walking route through the garden and around the central pond. Completed in their current form in 1645, the villa and garden display many of the key features of regal Japanese households, including pristine, uncluttered living spaces, sliding doors, garden ornaments, native plant life, and shrines. Plan to see Katsura Imperial Villa and other attractions that appeal to you using our Kyoto trip itinerary planning tool .
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  • Exceptional site whose beauty justifies the effort necessary to obtain a reservation. Don't miss it.
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  • In the past, I had to apply for a round-trip postcard from a few months ago, but before I knew it, I was able to apply on the Internet. If it is empty, you can apply even one week in advance. Everyone's address and age are required. Why don't you apply for one or two and no one can apply there? Or, what if I win by lottery? I can go. I bought a ticket of 1,000 yen at the vending machine at the entrance of the building, got a bill to hang it, and wait ed a little, and I leave with the commentator. It seems to lend the voice guide to the foreigner. It took about an hour to see the museum. I wanted to come back in a different season.
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  • It is very wonderful, i have seen it in the photograph, but I can not get a reservation easily, and I can participate in the appreciation for the first time this time, and I recommend it regardless of the season to walk, see, and feel it with my own foot. It was a one-hour tour of the garden, bridge and tea room. Starting at Miyukimon, there is a moon viewing platform in Koshoin, and when I looked up at the sky from that direction, I imagined a moon viewing. All the care was well done, and The wonderfulness of the plant, and the feeling of relaxing the mind to make the road using perspective. It is especially recommended for foreigners. Please taste the goodness of Japan.
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  • I will review it in English, because we had the English tour. The guide was so nice and the young woman could answer all the questions we had. The area is so beautiful and gave us a calm feeling and a lot of new eypressions.
  • A palace for emperor and his family to enjoy the moon. That is one of their past time activities.
  • Fabulous Japanese traditional garden in Kyoto. IYou need to make an application for the site tour on the web in advance and the seats always get occupied soon, but it is worth seeing. This garden was built in 17th century for the second house of Japanese Imperial’s relative. It is said that this garden is the masterpiece of Japanese classic garden. Fortunately it has never been destroyed so you can see as it was built more than 300 years ago.
  • Beautiful gardens, every tree and stone was selected for a purpose. A wonderful experience with a English speaking tour guide. You need to reserve your visit in advance.
  • It’s beautiful I wish you didn’t have to do the tour and just wonder by yourself. I do understand why you can’t HUMANS.
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