Kyoto Imperial Palace

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  • Address: 3 Kyotogyoen, Kamigyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 602-0881, Japan
  • Timings: 08:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +81-752111215
  • Tags: Historical Site, Palace, Family And Kids

About Kyoto Imperial Palace, Kyoto

The Kyoto Imperial Palace used to be the residence of Japan's Imperial Family until the year 1868 after which the emperor and capital were moved from Kyoto to Tokyo. After being burnt down and moved around a lot over the decades, the current Imperial Palace was reconstructed in 1855. Rich in tradition, the Kyoto Imperial Palace preserves the look and ambiance of the Palace as it had been during Japan's ancient imperial dynasties. The palace grounds can be entered only on guided tours (in English or Japanese) held by the Imperial Household Agency. Also, visit the popular attractions in the city by following Kyoto itinerary 7 days.

Kyoto Imperial Palace Opening and Closing Hours

  • Advance booking of the tour is mandatory. The office is open Monday to Friday from 8:45 am to 12 pm and 1 pm to 5 pm.
  • Guided tour time slots: Tours in Japanese: Standard tour route (60 minutes)- 9 am, 11 am, 1.30 pm and 3 pm.
  • Short tour route (35 minutes): 11 am and 3 pm, Tours in English (60 minutes): 10 am and 2 pm.

How To reach Kyoto Imperial Palace by Public Transport

  • Imadegawa subway Station
  • Karasuma Dori bus stop

Restaurants Near Kyoto Imperial Palace

  • Mc Donalds
  • Marutamachi junidan'ya
  • Soba Noodle Shop
  • Matsuya Imadegawa

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  • 84.87% of people who visit Kyoto include Kyoto Imperial Palace in their plan

  • 45.3% of people start their Kyoto Imperial Palace visit around 2 PM - 3 PM

  • People usually take around 1 Hr to see Kyoto Imperial Palace

Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday

94.34% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Kyoto Imperial Palace

People normally club together Nishiki Market and Philosophers Walk while planning their visit to Kyoto Imperial Palace.

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  • This place is really big. They give you a number sign to wear around your neck as you enter. Then you are directed to a waiting room/souvenir store area where people wait for guided tours to start. We missed the last English tour at 2pm so we went in on our own and followed the route signs. Buildings are very impressive and since the imperial palace in Kyoto was off limits, we found this to be a good opportunity to see the place. Buildings were impressive. Not allowed to go inside though. Took about an hour to walk the predefined route. Was also free.

  • Nice places to go. It is a good opportunity to see an imperial palace for free. In Tokyo it is not open to the public. Even though some buildings had been removed for fire protection, the are is still impressive. Best way to go is to join one of the English tour guides. They will give you many information regarding the historical buildings and how live was for the emperor.

  • LOVE THIS PLACE. VERY HUGE and you can almost spend your entire day walking from one side to the other side. Well spent though, since this place is not crowded (I am sure the tourist will prefer to spend their time visiting temples). You can find most of the locals here spending their time to exercise or just walk around. There is a free tour available, you should definitely check it out!

  • This is huge!!!! It's well-preserved and such a peaceful stroll for the afternoon. Kyoto is a very historical place and so beautiful, it feels like you're travelling back in time. The palace is so big and quite overwhelming with beautiful gardens and old trees. For a more "museum-like" experience, visit the other castle in Kyoto. This one here is purely outdoors so it's just buildings!

  • Do the guided tour!!! Was free and actually a fantastic tour. Even though you couldn't go in the buildings the tour was really informative and I really enjoyed it. Surrounding parkland are rrally relaxing

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