Kyoto Gyoen National Garden

Kyoto Gyoen National Garden

Kyoto Gyoen National Garden
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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Neighbourhood: City Center
No district of Kyoto is quite as representative of its blended nature as the City Center. By day, the covered shopping arcades along Kawaramachi and Shijo Street bring deal hunters and fashionistas out in droves to peruse the clothing, accessories, gifts, and home goods offerings. When it grows dark, the City Center is a hip spot for nightlife, alive with bars and clubs. A trendy culinary scene and an abundance of local watering holes give the Center its youthful vibrancy. In contrast, the quieter areas of the City Center seem a world away, shielded from noise by the foliage of the public gardens and zen spaces surrounding the area's shrines, castles, and the Imperial Palace. These ancient and sacred spots are seamlessly folded into the scenery, providing a respite from the energy of the city, but close enough to put you directly back onto the pulse of the city when you're ready.
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Peregrinando19
Los Angeles, CA5 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
After a grueling 12 hour flight from LAX to KIX and a somewhat fitful night of sleeping, this garden was exactly what my wife, my 1.5 year old son, and I needed. After a nice breakfast, we arrived around 9:00 a.m. and strolled about for a bit before we visited the palace. This garden is absolutely massive and it probably would have taken us all day to explore every corner of it. It was peaceful and relaxing, and even in the winter, it was full of beautiful scents, sounds, and sights. I certainly got a better appreciation of Japanese gardens in general, as various features were explained by informational placards. Because we visited in February, there were not masses of other tourists, so there were times when it felt like we had the garden to ourselves. We got some great pictures and loved being able let our son walk along the paths on his own. Visiting this garden in the morning set a very nice tone for the rest of our day.
Written 13 March 2024
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carloscharmy
Bangkok, Thailand703 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
Kyoto Gyoen National Garden is a perfect spot to unwind and bask in nature's beauty! The serene atmosphere and lush greenery create a tranquil oasis in the heart of the city. Whether you're taking a leisurely stroll, having a picnic, or simply enjoying the scenery, the garden offers a peaceful escape from the urban hustle. A great place to chill and immerse in the serenity of Kyoto's natural charm.
Written 23 July 2023
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Tom B
Melbourne, Australia1,590 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Friends
Here in the middle of Kyoto is an urban oasis, perfect for a stroll on a winter’s day. Bikes have to be left at the perimeter.
Written 2 January 2023
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CanuckJames
Nishinomiya, Japan1,535 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
Bring comfortable shoes and a hat.

A huge 11 hectares in size, home to the actual Kyoto Imperial Palace, Omiya Palace, Sento Palace, and the Kyoto State Guest House is this well cared for garden.

There are walking paths all around the inside of the garden walls, littered with large trees and natural shade. There are lots of benches and rest areas as well as public washrooms and vending machines located strategically around the park.

Shu Sui Tei or the Shusui Tea House is located in the southern corner part of the park. There is a 300 yen per person admission fee to enter. If you are looking for photo opportunities, this place is perfect. The wooden bridges over the water, the floating boat, the rock garden - what you imagine a Japanese garden looks like. All of it is here at the former home of the Kujo Family.

Surrounding the palace is a large gravel area, if you need to get to the other side of the park quickly, you will end up walking across on the gravel. In 30 degrees plus heat, this is very uncomfortable. The reflected heat is intolerable.

For most, the primary focus will be to see the palaces but taking the time to enjoy the park would really enhance your trip to the palace.
Written 25 June 2022
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Della G
Coquitlam, Canada808 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Once again a magnificent garden surrounds the Imperial Palace. Unfortunately we did not check in advance to see the procedure required to take a tour of the Imperial Palace in Kyoto and we were not able to view the palace grounds. Fortunately, the surrounding gardens were opened to the general public. As always, the imperial garden is an expansive garden space with attractive walkways, special shrines located away from main traffic areas and offers a quiet respite for prayers or private contemplation. It is beautiful in late autumn and the deciduous trees are at its best displaying their fall colors. Beautiful walks by the lake and small bridges to cross over. Such a wonderful reprieve from the major city area, just a lazy afternoon observing nature, couples and young children at play.
Written 26 August 2020
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mWrite
Helsinki, Finland1,367 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
Kyoto had Imperial Palace until 1868 when Emperor and capital moved to Tokyo. Palace is surround by Kyoto Imperial Park aka Kyōto Gyoen. Area contains several attractions in addition to the Imperial Palace, like Sento Imperial Palace and two shrines. The Aoi Matsuri festival on May 15th and Jidai Matsuri festival on October 22nd take place here Park, in form of a parade from Imperial Palace to Shrine.
Current structures are from 1855 as Palace burnt down. Park is 1300x700m. Park has beautiful cherry blossoming (Sakura) near Konoe Pond in the park's northwestern corner. Sakura is usually late March-early April. Park is free, but palaces not.
Written 19 October 2019
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Bert66
499 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Couples
I suspect there are better times of the year to visit his park. It's a quiet and relaxing walk amongst lots of trees. Maybe blossom time or deep Autumn might be best - It was nice enough but wasn't that interesting for us.
Written 13 October 2019
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SonomaNut
Sonoma, CA1,177 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Couples
If your going to the Palace for a tour make sure you take extra time for wandering the Gardens. Select a path from the map or just walk. You will quickly see how the Palace dominates everything. Make sure you have lots of water as our October visit was hot.
Written 9 October 2019
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EphraimWilliams
Buffalo, NY172 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019 • Solo
I really liked this place. It’s very peaceful and very nicely laid out. Take water to stay hydrated.
Written 11 September 2019
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Bozeman-Dublin
Trim, Ireland8,872 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Solo
Absolutely beautiful to stroll around these vast gardens that surround the Imperial Palace. I ended up staying for ages because the palace closed earlier than I expected, turned out to be happy accident
There are 50,000 trees here the info boards tell you. Its 1300m long and 700m wide so quite a bit of walking is in order! The paths are wide and gravelled though so it's easy on foot or by bike or even if you have a stroller.
The highlight is the pond at the south end with the carp and turtles. Its gorgeous in there. Don't miss it, it's on a small path behind the trees along the southern wall.
Get there taking exit 1 from Marutamachi subway station. It's less than a minute from the steps. One stop from Karasuma Oike Station where the two lines of the subway coalesce.
Easy as can be!
Written 26 June 2019
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