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Kyoto Imperial Palace (Kyoto Gosho)
Kyoto Imperial Palace (Kyoto Gosho)

Kyoto Imperial Palace (Kyoto Gosho)

Kyoto-Gyoen, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto, 601-8151

The Basics

Although Japan’s royal family haven’t lived in the Kyoto Imperial Palace(Kyoto Gosho) for more than 150 years, the imperial furnishings have been preserved and reflect the life of the royals in the mid-19th century. The beautifully landscaped Kyoto Imperial Park surrounding the palace contain jogging trails, picnic benches, numerous plants and water features, and is one of the finest public gardens in the city.

Travelers can visit the Imperial Palace independently, or as part of a full- or half-day sightseeing tour of Kyoto. Such excursions also tend to include sites such as the Golden Pavilion (Kinkaku-ji), the Silver Pavilion (Ginkaku-ji), Kiyomizu Temple, Gion, and Nijo Castle. The palace is located in Kyoto City, to the north of Kyoto Station, so is a convenient stop on sightseeing tours of the city.

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Kyoto Imperial Palace and Nijo Castle Walking Tour
Kyoto Imperial Palace and Nijo Castle Walking Tour
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$107.50 per adult
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Kyoto Imperial Palace and Nijo Castle Walking Tour
I would recommend this walking tour tour to those who want to see the most of Kyoto but don't have much time. The tour company was excellent. After making teh booking they kept me informed with a detailed itinerary of sites and times, pictures of meeting point with the guide (including her name, Meg, photo and phone number). Meg was an excellent guide. She spoke English well and had a very good knowledge of each sight. She was mindful of the comfort of her guests in such humid conditions. The Imperial Palace, Higashi Honganji Temple and Nijo Castle were amazing.
Susan K, Oct 2019

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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Admission to the park is free.

  • While the gardens can be visited independently, the palace buildings can only be entered by prior arrangement with the palace authorities.

  • The palace is very close to Nijo Castle, and the two places can be visited together in a convenient morning or afternoon of sightseeing.

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How to Get There

The Kyoto Imperial Palace(Kyoto Gosho) is located between two JR Subway stations, Imadegawa and Marutamachi, both of which are a short walk away. Imadegawa station is a bit closer to the entrance gate.

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When to Get There

The palace is closed Mondays, as well as from December 28 until January 4, plus some other public holidays. From April to August, it is open from 9am until 5pm; in September and March, from 9am until 4:30pm; and from October to February, from 9am until 4pm. Last admissions are allowed in 40 minutes before the grounds close.

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Visit Kaninnomiya Mansion

While it’s not easy to go inside the Imperial Palace itself, visitors can go inside Kaninnomiya Mansion, a restored Edo-period luxury home within the Imperial Park. There were once hundreds of such mansions around the Imperial Palace, but this is the only survivor. The mansion, teahouse, and gardens with a pond are worth visiting—plus, they’re also free.

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Frequently Asked Questions
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