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Kyoto Imperial Palace: Tours & Tickets

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This location was the home of the Imperial Family until 1868 when the formal residence was relocated to Tokyo. Free, guided tours are given daily but only to those who have made reservations in advance.
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3 Kyoto-Gyoen, Kamigyo, Kyoto 602-0881, Kyoto Prefecture
City Centre
+81 75-211-1215
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go early morning and consider hiring a bicycle to get around the large grounds. Excellent small café worth a visit.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank reformer
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We did an English tour at 10am on the morning of the typhoon (12 Oct). I don’t remember our tour guide’s name, but she was excellent. The buildings and gardens came alive with her explanations even as the rain and wind started to kick up....More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank annchgo
Reviewed 4 days ago

This park is in the center of the city – yet very peaceful and quite. It has excellent paths for walking which we took advantage of each morning as we were staying at a hotel within a block of one of the entrances. Within the...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank ClearwaterJen
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was spectacular day visiting g the Palace and Gardens. Th3 shear scale in the centre of Kyoto was mind blowing. The precision layout of what seem to be every pebble on the walk about was pleasurable. This a must if you visit Kyoto and...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank ramm74
Reviewed 1 week ago

It was quiet on the day i took the free tour. I was able to wander quietly, enjoy the view of the gardens and take lots of pictures.

Date of experience: September 2019
2  Thank ConnorO7
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Slightly unfair that I review this without having visited the Palace... the park itself was not available for review. I had a quick visit to Kyoto and did not prioritize this palace as a place to visit to ended up without time for a tour....More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank dawns04966
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The gardens are absolutely beautiful and on a quiet day must be quite peaceful. Unfortunately buses of tourists were there at the same time so a lot of the magic was lost. It’s the Taj of Kyoto

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank BigFootMidlands
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I wanted to escape the crowds and came across the Kyoto Imperial Palace. The gardens were beautiful and the area was expansive. I felt rejuvenated after my visit here. That compared to the zoo that is Nijo jo castle and Fushimi-Inari.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank SweetEcho
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Huge palace right in the heart of Kyoto where the emperor used to live. Takes a while to walk through it all

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank MichaelJT19
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had originally only put aside 1.5 hours for this but in the end spent 2 hours. The grounds are well laid out but on gravel so travelling with a pushchair could prove difficult although there is a route for disabled. There is an information...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Avi P
5 January 2019|
Response from lyho01 | Reviewed this property |
We just went on the 27th of December. No reservation required. They will give you a tag at the entrance. We were not charged with any fee. You can download audio guidance via a QR code at the waiting area once you cleared... More
20 September 2018|
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Response from YTCHENG | Reviewed this property |
I don't think there are any official change of guard/parade nor shows inside the Palace nowadays. Only "invited guests" are permitted inside the Palace for official functions while visitors are not allowed.
adam r
3 May 2018|
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Response from YTCHENG | Reviewed this property |
Currently entrance to the palace ground and park are free while advanced reservations for entry are no longer necessary. However English guided tours are still available periodically thereat on several occasions of the day... More