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Kyoto Imperial Palace

3 Kyoto-Gyoen Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto 602-0881, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-211-1215
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This location was the home of the Imperial Family until 1868 when the formal residence was relocated to Tokyo. Free, guided tours are given daily but only to those who have made reservations in advance.
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3 Kyoto-Gyoen Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto 602-0881, Kyoto Prefecture
City Center
+81 75-211-1215
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Reviewed yesterday

The Kyoto Imperial Palace is the former ruling palace of the Emperor of Japan. The Emperors have since resided at the Tokyo Imperial Palace after the Meiji Restoration in 1869, and the preservation of the Kyoto Imperial Palace was ordered in 1877.

Thank Luzius01
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Good to learn about history of imperial Japan. Gardens are meticulously maintained, the route is well marked with sufficient English information. There are some beautiful angles of the imperial estate, we loved the vermillion colored passageway and ceremonial hall. Imperial palace is easy to reach...More

Thank ldjs
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Our travel plans had already been made but we had several hours to kill before the train left for Tokyo. The park surrounding the imperial palace is simply delightful with very wide pathways filled with joggers, cyclist and others enjoying the day. There is a...More

Thank Raymon N
Reviewed 4 days ago

Get your hotel staff to call (or call, yourself) to confirm the opening hours. I checked online on this website, and on the Imperial Palace website, which, like many Japanese websites, SUCKS. Devoid of appropriate information and navigation. The website said the palace was open...More

Thank Dishwasherface
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

While the palace itself is interesting, having lived in Japan for 10 years, I found some of the "we Japanese" claims outlandish. I do realize the guides are trying to put the best face forward for foreign tourists, but some of the statements are false,...More

Thank Tombow
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the palace of my choice. Very impressive garden and lovely interior with amazing corridor called "uguissu" due to the special noise produced when you walk. I've been told that this can even detect Ninjas.

Thank Rubpy
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lots of history to learn and understand. A great place to just walk and read what the imperial family did last time.

Thank Josephine S
Reviewed 1 week ago

surround by the park, walking down here and feel the freshness also the sound of the bird -rave- recharge your energy

Thank Bakhtiar A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The palace is absolutely beautiful. I'd advise you to wear some comfortable shoes that you don't mind getting a little dirty. All of the walkways/paths are covered with white gravel, which will cause any footwear to be covered in white sand. For the most part,...More

Thank Shaun B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great place to visit. Unfortunately there are no furnitures, as in almost all the Japanese temples. Btw you can really feel the history. Warmly suggested.

Thank Ciopman
City Center
No district of Kyoto is quite as representative of its
blended nature as the City Center. By day, the covered
shopping arcades along Kawaramachi and Shijo Street
bring deal hunters and fashionistas out in droves to
peruse the clothing, accessories, gifts, and home
goods offerings. When it grows dark, the City Center
is a hip spot for nightlife, alive with bars and
clubs. A trendy culinary scene and an abundance of
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Emily C
Is the palace open on Mondays? I know you no longer have to apply for permission and can just turn up - but I also read somewhere (not the official site) that the palace is closed on Mondays - doesn't anyone have recent experience / knowledge? Thanks!
11 September 2016|
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Response from 旅好きじいさん | Reviewed this property |
Closed on Mondays. However, if Monday is a holiday, it's closed on the following day. No longer have to apply for permission, Yes.
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Emily C
Is the palace open on Mondays? I know you no longer have to apply for permission and can just turn up - but I also read somewhere (not the official site) that the palace is closed on Mondays - doesn't anyone have recent experience / knowledge? Thanks!
11 September 2016|
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Response from RonHerat | Reviewed this property |
Yesits closed on Mondays. You can use an online application.
Is it posssible to visit the palace garden and join the guided tour without reservation? Can I just walk in early in the morning and join the guided tour?
30 May 2016|
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Response from MeandHeTravel | Reviewed this property |
Our impression is that reservations are highly preferable if not required and we were able to do that on line on a couple weeks in advance on their website. There are Japanese language and English language tours which are... More