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great garden to visit

Kyoto has three Imperial garden/villa that can be visited free of charge. You just have to reserve... read more

Reviewed 10 July 2018
Vancouver, Canada
Worth the effort

Tickets are free. We pre-booked the tickets on the Imperial Household Agency website. The tours are... read more

Reviewed 14 June 2018
Toronto, Canada
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Created as an imperial summer retreat, the garden complex is a fine example of Japanese landscape design.
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1-3 Shugakuin-yabusoe, Sakyo-ku, Sakyo, Kyoto 602-8611, Kyoto Prefecture
Northern Kyoto
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Reviewed 10 July 2018

Kyoto has three Imperial garden/villa that can be visited free of charge. You just have to reserve the time slot. The guiding are offered in Japanese only. They provide brochures in different languages. English is one of them. The villa consists of three levels. The...More

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Reviewed 14 June 2018 via mobile

Tickets are free. We pre-booked the tickets on the Imperial Household Agency website. The tours are in Japanese but they provide English language audio guides. The site has three villas each one higher up the mountain. The gardens are beautiful with my favorite one being...More

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Reviewed 18 May 2018 via mobile

These are the imperial gardens that have lovely natural setting with amazing scenery with beautiful trees, brooks and mountains in the background. A moderately strenuous walk uphill so wear comfortable shoes and dress in layers as it can get warm as you climb. The climb...More

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Reviewed 26 April 2018

We booked our tour about a week before and were lucky to be accepted. The best way to get there is by taxi, as you have to walk uphill from the nearest train station for 10 minutes or so. It was a rainy day but...More

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Reviewed 10 April 2018

This villa and garden are out of town on the Eizan line, nestled against the slopes of the mountains. You must register to visit prior to the day and take your chances at getting in. We were the only Europeans in the group, but it...More

Thank Shauna P
Reviewed 12 March 2018

One of the better Imperial properties but you'll need to reserve it though it is free of charge. The garden itself is nothing to shout about, however, especially compared to Katsura Imperial Villa, the best of the best

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Reviewed 11 January 2018

This was one of our three top experiences in Kyoto. Make sure you have comfortable walking shoes for going up paths and outdoor steps. Our hosts arranged for our reservations and the driver to take us there. After checking in and showing a passport, you...More

Thank Susan K
Reviewed 19 November 2017

In the side of a hill makes this place look beautiful, giving a grand view of both the hills behind and the city below. The gardens are to die for in the fall. Spectacular. As with Katsura, the guides moved you along too fast to...More

1  Thank DimasLaksani
Reviewed 4 September 2017 via mobile

Completely different from Chateau de Versailles. No dance hall nor chandelire but still gorgeous. This is the place the Emperor loved and the place preserved for 400 years. Perfect match to the surrounding nature to make you relax. Need reservation and poor language support but...More

Thank Emorse0
Reviewed 17 July 2017 via mobile

For this place you need a reservation, and I was happy my friends could take care of it. They check quite thoroughly and they might ask you to show a passport. In the little shop/waiting room they play a video that gives you a short...More

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Northern Kyoto
Hot springs and historic temples characterize the
leafy landscapes of Northern Kyoto. Acres of tranquil
residential streets are interrupted by some of Kyoto's
most gorgeous architectural gems, including the
majestic Golden Pavilion of Kinkakuji, the serene
artistry of the Ryoanji Temple rock gardens, and the
bold red paint across the structures of Enryakuji
Temple. Once a religious core of the city, the
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Response from John L | Reviewed this property |
You have to go with Imperial Household Agency guide babysitters. They are not as strict as those at Katsura Rikyu but still fussy....
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Sorry, I do not know. We were on Public Transport and foot
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Under 18 years of age is not allowed.