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
  • Ticket Price: Free
  • Tags: Historical Site, Palace, Family And Kids

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.

  • 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.

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  • 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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  • 44.88% 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
  • Nice place. Not the most impressive thing you'll see on your entire trip but definitely worth the trip. Not too expensive either, might've even been free when I was there. Nice gardens around too which you should definitely check out. Make sure to come during autumn when all all the trees are red!!

  • To get the most of the Palace, down load the audio tour guide from your app store. The passport required guided tour no longer runs; you are left to.wander at your own pace. There are plenty of photo opportunities, but none inside (though you may be able to get some wall paintings with the correct angle). So, bring an umbrella for a suitable forecast, and enjoy the fresh air. Please note that of December 2018, large parts of the palace are under renovation, and are hidden behind hoarding.

  • Worth the visit. One of the more scenic sites I visited in Kyoto.Very beautiful garden too. Quite a walk from the nearest train station though. You'll walk around the perimeter of the main structures.

  • No entrance fee. Just checked your item in bags by security. Garden is really beautiful. Taking picture is allowed. It was one the beautiful places i have visited. I admired Japanese for preserving their relics very well and restoring.

  • The Imperial Palace is a beautiful place to stroll around. Entrance is free, although you do have to get through a security check. The walk happens outside of the castle, although you are able to peek inside through the open doors. You can definitely expect a lot of tourists. There are multiple lavatories available, and around the castle lays a park for you to relax or play in (in the designated areas)

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