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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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Imperial Kyoto

It is one of the three Imperial places in Kyoto. Only guided tours are available and you should... read more

Reviewed 12 July 2016
Well worth booking a visit

We rate this one of the top three gardens that we visited in Japan. It more than repays the effort... read more

Reviewed 14 June 2016
Newark-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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Created as an imperial summer retreat, the garden complex is a fine example of Japanese landscape design.
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  • Average5%
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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 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

3  Thank Aitku
Reviewed 29 May 2016

Shugakuin Imperial Villa comprises three monastic cottages built on the foot of Higshiyama Mountains, the best of which is Emperor Gomizuno's retreat high up the hillside. There is considerable logistics involved in making the trip. First you need to obtain permission to visit in advance;...More

1  Thank PonsSingapore
Reviewed 24 May 2016

We went there but were not admitted. You need to get a permit from the office in kyoto. Don't just turn up, they will not let you in because it is a guided tour only due to being "Imperial" You can thank me later.

Thank asiatraveller5000
Reviewed 18 April 2016

Lovely place where we finally had peace and quiet in Kyoto. Very calming to sit at the edge of the beautiful and impeccable garden.

Thank luv2travel19941953
Reviewed 12 April 2016

The place is surrounded by a high wall and bamboo thicket, so unless you have one of the pre-arranged permits ― booked out weeks in advance ― then you may as well save yourself the bother of going. I knew that I would not be...More

Thank red_wolf_uk
Reviewed 10 April 2016

WE managed to visit this Imperial palace by good luck. You have to apply for a permit to visit. The permits may be obtained from a local office near to the entrance and if your are English speaking then there guided tours which you can...More

Thank Melvin B
Reviewed 5 February 2016

This is an old villa with very nice gardens. Perhaps I was on temple/garden overload by the time we arrived at Shugakuin but this place did not have the feeling of other similar locations in Kyoto.

Thank whereoff2nxt
Reviewed 8 January 2016

A high class visit requiring the basic effort of reserving in advance at the imperial household building near the Kyoto Imperial palace.You can visit the Imperial palace and also ask about Katsura villa as well. Bring your passport to register and expect to be allocated...More

1  Thank TokyoStory
Reviewed 17 December 2015

Our free entry permit was arranged for us by a local and we arrived by taxi. We took the free English audio guide, which was much more pleasant to listen to than the patronising american man on the Nijo-jo audio guide! The tour lasted 70...More

Thank Mark M
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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