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Shugakuin Imperial Villa

1-3 Shugakuin-yabusoe, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 602-8611, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-781-5203
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Great views, a nice walk through time...

For this place you need a reservation, and I was happy my friends could take care of it. They check... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
via mobile
A magical Imperial villa in the north of Kyoto

The good news is that like the Katsura Villa this is now available on a same day standby basis... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Created as an imperial summer retreat, the garden complex is a fine example of Japanese landscape design.
  • Excellent66%
  • Very good27%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
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1-3 Shugakuin-yabusoe, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 602-8611, Kyoto Prefecture
Northern Kyoto
+81 75-781-5203
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

For this place you need a reservation, and I was happy my friends could take care of it. They check quite thoroughly and they might ask you to show a passport. In the little shop/waiting room they play a video that gives you a short...More

Thank HarTeeuw
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The good news is that like the Katsura Villa this is now available on a same day standby basis. You show up at the villa office in the morning and get tickets. There are 2-3 tours in the afternoon, and for the time being few...More

Thank Todd2PS
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This garden is the complement to Katsura imperial villa. It is in the north east of Kyoto and easily reached by train or bus. Again you have to book places by going to the Imperial Household Agency next to the Kyoto Imperial Palace as the...More

Thank tonyc768
Reviewed 4 June 2017 via mobile

This Imperial Detached Villa has three separate gardens separated by cultivated fields of vegetables and grains. The paths are paved or stone walkways with quite a number of steps which would present significant difficulties for visitors with ambulatory limitations. The views of Kyoto below over...More

Thank H S G
Reviewed 30 November 2016

Good experience for tour , Palace so beautiful especially autumn leave and panoramic view.But if you can't advance reserve , You need to waiting about 2 hr to reserve palace tour.

Thank Rasrisuang N
Reviewed 29 November 2016

We got an advance reservation at the Imperial Palace to come here. This place is faraway, a good hour from Kyoto Station and we have to arrive 20 minutes early to check in. But this villa is simply beautiful. It's so worth it. One of...More

Thank Anna J
Reviewed 12 November 2016

The grounds are beautiful and would certainly suggest you visit. The audio-guide that is provided helped to create a good experience.

Thank Love vacation time
Reviewed 6 October 2016

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, 3 months in advance. You can have a audio guide...More

Thank Ouistity
Reviewed 12 July 2016

It is one of the three Imperial places in Kyoto. Only guided tours are available and you should apply before your visit. I am not sure if there are English speaking guides as I went with a Japanese group. The tour takes all in all...More

Thank Assa_Bnw
Reviewed 14 June 2016

We rate this one of the top three gardens that we visited in Japan. It more than repays the effort to book a visit. You can book online at the Imperial Household Agency website if you time your application just right. All the online places...More

2  Thank Aitku
Northern Kyoto
Hot springs and historic temples characterize the
leafy landscapes of Northern Kyoto. Acres of tranquil
residential streets are interrupted by some of Kyoto's
most gorgeous architectural gems, including the
majestic Golden Pavilion of Kinkakuji, the serene
artistry of the Ryoanji Temple rock gardens, and the
bold red paint across the structures of Enryakuji
Temple. Once a religious core of the city, the
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1 October 2016|
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Response from Melvin B | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, I do not know. We were on Public Transport and foot
19 May 2015|
Response from yama744 |
Please visit Japanese Imperial Household Agency Web site and it has instructions how to get the permission to visit the villa.
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