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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
- 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 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
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- Marutamachi junidan'ya
- Soba Noodle Shop
- Matsuya Imadegawa
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Things to Know Before Visiting Kyoto Imperial Palace
95% of people who visit Kyoto include Kyoto Imperial Palace in their plan
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45.23% of people start their Kyoto Imperial Palace visit around 2 PM - 3 PM
People usually take around 30 Minutes to see Kyoto Imperial Palace
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Kyoto Imperial Palace, Kyoto Reviews
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.
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.
First of all, my rating is for the park only. As we arrived 25 minutes before closing we were not allowed to enter and based on what we read about the palace we decided not to return there next day. As for the park, it's really huge, nice and quiet. At least after 4 p.m. You can take a long walk there virtually alone and also take some cool pictures. It's always nice to have a place like this in a big city.
Well worth a visit if you are interested in the history of Japan. I went in the middle of the day on a Saturday but there was no wait to enter the grounds. The palace itself is in the center of a Park which is very scenic includes a number of different sites. If you are looking to just spend some time walking around or sitting on a bench to enjoy the outdoors, there's plenty of opportunity for that. The palace itself has a fairly long route. You can pick up a pamphlet at the beginning which will tell you the different buildings throughout. There's also a video that you can watch ahead of walking around to give you a little background on the palace itself. I would say it takes about an hour to make the full loop. While there is a bit of construction going on, you can look inside a lot of the buildings to see the different areas for reception. There's also a beautiful, picturesque garden at the back. There are a few more interactive and interesting sites to see around Kyoto, but the location and history of the palace keep it near the top of the best sites to see in the city.
The palace grounds are huge so be prepared to walk around a lot. Personally, I wasn't that impressed by the palace. The architecture and grandness of it was very cool and interesting but there was also a lot of open unused space. We went at a time with barely any other visitors (in the rain before close) and the vast open spaces took away from the awe. I think I would have liked it much more if we had been able to go inside. What we did see of the inside looked really neat! The palace also didn't have that many gardens, compared to other places in Kyoto. The gradens it did have were not that impressive. I recommend either going inside the palace or going while there is a festival or other event.