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Shugakuin Imperial Villa

1-3 Shugakuin-yabusoe, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 602-8611 , Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-781-5203
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The one peaceful place in Kyoto

Lovely place where we finally had peace and quiet in Kyoto. Very calming to sit at the edge of the... read more

Reviewed 19 April 2016
San Diego, California
Unless You Have a Pre-Arranged Permit, Don't Bother!

The place is surrounded by a high wall and bamboo thicket, so unless you have one of the... read more

Reviewed 13 April 2016
Belfast, United Kingdom
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Created as an imperial summer retreat, the garden complex is a fine example of Japanese landscape design.
  • Excellent67%
  • Very good26%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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1-3 Shugakuin-yabusoe, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 602-8611 , Kyoto Prefecture
Northern Kyoto
+81 75-781-5203
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Reviewed 19 April 2016

Lovely place where we finally had peace and quiet in Kyoto. Very calming to sit at the edge of the beautiful and impeccable garden.

Thank luv2travel19941953
Reviewed 13 April 2016

The place is surrounded by a high wall and bamboo thicket, so unless you have one of the pre-arranged permits ― booked out weeks in advance ― then you may as well save yourself the bother of going. I knew that I would not be...More

Thank red_wolf_uk
Reviewed 10 April 2016

WE managed to visit this Imperial palace by good luck. You have to apply for a permit to visit. The permits may be obtained from a local office near to the entrance and if your are English speaking then there guided tours which you can...More

Thank Melvin B
Reviewed 5 February 2016

This is an old villa with very nice gardens. Perhaps I was on temple/garden overload by the time we arrived at Shugakuin but this place did not have the feeling of other similar locations in Kyoto.

Thank whereoff2nxt
Reviewed 8 January 2016

A high class visit requiring the basic effort of reserving in advance at the imperial household building near the Kyoto Imperial palace.You can visit the Imperial palace and also ask about Katsura villa as well. Bring your passport to register and expect to be allocated...More

1  Thank TokyoStory
Reviewed 18 December 2015

Our free entry permit was arranged for us by a local and we arrived by taxi. We took the free English audio guide, which was much more pleasant to listen to than the patronising american man on the Nijo-jo audio guide! The tour lasted 70...More

Thank Mark M
Reviewed 13 December 2015

Like the Katsura Imperial Villa, entry is possible only with the permission of the Imperial Household Agency. But it is worth the small hassle. This villa is more to the east of the city, and is justifiably famous for its three linked gardens, which convey...More

2  Thank Liars N F
Reviewed 7 December 2015 via mobile

Beautiful garden. You must arrange ticket in advance, but I had no trouble getting a Thursday ticket on Tuesday at the Imperial Household Agency. It is free and they even provide an English audio guide (though you stay with the group on the guided tour)....More

Thank Bill G
Reviewed 1 December 2015

The fact that visitor numbers are limited by reservation make it a very attractive place for me. Transport is slightly complicated as it's far from city centre. I booked the tour months in advance but you can visit the Imperial Household Agency office in Imperial...More

1  Thank Jessica H
Reviewed 3 November 2015

Although it is outside of the standard fare bus zone, it is easily reached by bus or subway but is a bit of a walk from there through a residential neighborhood. The garden and view from the teahouse is one of the most scenic of...More

1  Thank drichrx
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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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Is there parking nearby. Stated another way, can I drive there and park?
2 October 2016|
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Response from Melvin B | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, I do not know. We were on Public Transport and foot
How do I get permission to visit the Shugakuin Imperial Villa?
19 May 2015|
Response from yama744 |
Please visit Japanese Imperial Household Agency Web site and it has instructions how to get the permission to visit the villa.
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