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Shugakuin Imperial Villa, Kyoto

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#8 of 88 in Parks in Kyoto
Garden · Hidden Gem · Historic Site
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Take a tour of Shugakuin Imperial Villa, a set of three villas and associated gardens owned by the imperial family. Built between 1655 and 1659 by Emperor Gomizuno, the complex features three main buildings, all showcasing different aspects of traditional Japanese imperial architecture, including dark wood facades, sliding doors, elevated tatami mats, and painted wall panels. The sprawling park that surrounds boasts plentiful natural sights: waterfalls, woods, and ponds, as well as enclosed areas made into fine examples of traditional Japanese gardens. Though entry to the buildings is not allowed, many remain open so visitors can see inside as part of the tour. Using our online itinerary creator, Kyoto attractions like Shugakuin Imperial Villa can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • The villa is in three widely separated sections connected by gravel paths. These paths are well graded and easy but the villa gardens contain many steps. The whole tour takes a good hour. An audio... 
    The villa is in three widely separated sections connected by gravel paths. These paths are well graded and easy but the villa gardens contain many steps. The whole tour takes a good hour. An audio...  more »
  • i'm glad i did a early book of this tour. .the aesthetic ! and lwarning little arigato here . .i highly recommend and do early tickets . 
    i'm glad i did a early book of this tour. .the aesthetic ! and lwarning little arigato here . .i highly recommend and do early tickets .  more »
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  • Good quality garden which is also an imperial villa. Entrance is free but you need to book on advance but some day passes are available. Need I'd such as passport or arc. Looks best not in early winter. Group tour is on Japanese with English audio guide
  • Gardens: it is really nice place! If you are photographer, you really have to visit this place. There are nice views (they guarantee that this view is the same as it was in 17th century!), nice ponds, moss gardens and ancient buildings where emperor lived. Guide: guide speaks only Japanese but you can get an audio guide for free in English (Chinese, Spanish or French too). Location: there is no easy to get there. You can use local train (nearest station is 20 minutes, but these trains are not included in JR rail pass). You can use Metro, but it is quite far away (40 minutes) Entrance: it is free! But there is strictly limited capacity (check it on their website). You will need your passport when you want to visit these gardens.

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