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Kyoto Imperial Palace (Kyoto Gosho)
Kyoto Imperial Palace (Kyoto Gosho)

Kyoto Imperial Palace (Kyoto Gosho)

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2,440 Reviews
Kyoto-Gyoen, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto, 601-8151

The Basics

Although Japan’s royal family haven’t lived in the Kyoto Imperial Palace(Kyoto Gosho) for more than 150 years, the imperial furnishings have been preserved and reflect the life of the royals in the mid-19th century. The beautifully landscaped Kyoto Imperial Park surrounding the palace contain jogging trails, picnic benches, numerous plants and water features, and is one of the finest public gardens in the city.

Travelers can visit the Imperial Palace independently, or as part of a full- or half-day sightseeing tour of Kyoto. Such excursions also tend to include sites such as the Golden Pavilion (Kinkaku-ji), the Silver Pavilion (Ginkaku-ji), Kiyomizu Temple, Gion, and Nijo Castle. The palace is located in Kyoto City, to the north of Kyoto Station, so is a convenient stop on sightseeing tours of the city.

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Kyoto Morning Tour - Golden Pavilion and Kyoto Imperial Palace from Kyoto

Traveler Favorite

Kyoto Morning Tour - Golden Pavilion and Kyoto Imperial Palace from Kyoto
$72.15 per adult
Enjoyable Tour
This was a well organised trip and gave us a good insight into Kyoto. Our guide spoke very good English and was very informative. We enjoyed visiting the various attractions although unfortunately we couldn’t visit the Imperial Palace as it was closed due to the Emperors Coronation in Tokyo. We recommend this tour.
wilbyonclyde, Oct 2019

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I booked this half day tour at the last minute and i am glad for it. We used public transport to get around and in the process we learned how to use the subways and railways. Our guide Mr Suga is very patient and helpful. Did everything to make the tour easy and enjoyable for my elderly husband whilst trying to cover as many places as we wanted. He is knowledgeable and explained the history and interesting points of each attraction we visited. Thank you, Mr Suga!
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Curt M, Oct 2019
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Pros and Cons
tcm2825, Aug 2019
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Overall a good experience, the sights were beautiful and the guide to and from Osaka was wonderful! She gave me insights on the areas between Kyoto Nara and Osaka and even some tidbits on the history and culture. The guides at the sites really didn't give more information than was on the signs, but with no time to read any of them. I wish I could rate them separately and there was more time at each site.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Admission to the park is free.

  • While the gardens can be visited independently, the palace buildings can only be entered by prior arrangement with the palace authorities.

  • The palace is very close to Nijo Castle, and the two places can be visited together in a convenient morning or afternoon of sightseeing.

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How to Get There

The Kyoto Imperial Palace(Kyoto Gosho) is located between two JR Subway stations, Imadegawa and Marutamachi, both of which are a short walk away. Imadegawa station is a bit closer to the entrance gate.

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When to Get There

The palace is closed Mondays, as well as from December 28 until January 4, plus some other public holidays. From April to August, it is open from 9am until 5pm; in September and March, from 9am until 4:30pm; and from October to February, from 9am until 4pm. Last admissions are allowed in 40 minutes before the grounds close.

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Visit Kaninnomiya Mansion

While it’s not easy to go inside the Imperial Palace itself, visitors can go inside Kaninnomiya Mansion, a restored Edo-period luxury home within the Imperial Park. There were once hundreds of such mansions around the Imperial Palace, but this is the only survivor. The mansion, teahouse, and gardens with a pond are worth visiting—plus, they’re also free.

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