Kyoto Imperial Palace

Currently Open [Closes at 05:00 pm]
  • Address: 3 Kyotogyoen, Kamigyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 602-0881, Japan
  • Timings: 08:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +81-752111215
  • Ticket Price: Free
  • Tags: Historical Site, Palace, Family And Kids

Kyoto Imperial Palace - Review

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 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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TripHobo Highlights for Kyoto Imperial Palace

  • Kyoto Imperial Palace Address: 3 Kyotogyoen, Kamigyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 602-0881, Japan
  • Kyoto Imperial Palace Contact Number: +81-752111215
  • Kyoto Imperial Palace Timing: 08:00 am - 05:00 pm
  • Kyoto Imperial Palace Price: Free
  • Best time to visit Kyoto Imperial Palace(preferred time): 08:45 am - 12:00 pm
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Things to Know Before Visiting Kyoto Imperial Palace

  • 44.99% of people who visit Kyoto include Kyoto Imperial Palace in their plan

  • 50% of people start their Kyoto Imperial Palace visit around 2 PM - 3 PM

  • People usually take around 30 Minutes to see Kyoto Imperial Palace

Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday

93.07% 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.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures

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Kyoto Imperial Palace, Kyoto Reviews

  • The palace is beautiful. Honestly a must see if you are in the Kyoto area and are interested in Japanese history and culture. The palace offers guided tours of the palace grounds in English as well as Chinese free of charge which is excellent. The guided tour was really informative and provided us with information we otherwise would not have known. You could easily spend 2/3 hours here as the palace grounds are huge and a wonderful place to take pictures. There is also a gift shop on site. Unlike many other Japanese tourist spots the Kyoto imperial palace is free to enter

  • Not too crowded. Very well organized with a lot of great stuff especially for those who are interested in history and architecture. A bit long walk from the nearby station if no bike. Well worth the effort. In my opinion, much better than the many touristy sites of the city. I really enjoyed the free recorded tour. A highlight of our trip to Kyoto.

  • Located inside a nice clean large park that is easily accessible because there is transportation close by but make sure you’re there on days it is open to visit the Palace. If i remember correctly; it is free entry, and you can make reservations in advance for English tours. The architecture is nice and the doors are quite impressive. I recommend stopping by if you’re ever in Kyoto and have two to three hours to spare. There are also cafés around the area outside the park.

  • We happen to visit as part of a half-day tour organized through TripAdvisor. This Palace highlights some of the wonderful aspects of ancient Japanese culture in an extremely well preserved beautiful place. It is definitely worth visiting if you come to Kyoto and I would even say it's a "must-see." Even if you are in a rush, you can see many of the highlights of the palace within 30-45 minutes.

  • Free to enter the Imperial Palace grounds. It is found within a larger park area that has numerous other palaces/visiting areas, although the others need reservations. The palace grounds have beautiful gardens and ponds. You are able to take tours in various languages or do a self guided tour. A route is marked on pamphlets that area provided near their rest area at the entrance of the grounds. No reservation needed unlike the imperial palace in Tokyo.

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