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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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A bit over organised

Slightly patronising experience, the front and back guide shuffle you through pretty quickly. The... read more

Reviewed 27 October 2014
Adrian B
Guildford, United Kingdom

Beautiful imperial villa with a great view to the west of Kyoto. The buildings can only be seen... read more

Reviewed 9 October 2014
Kyoto, Japan
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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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  • Average5%
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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 27 October 2014

Slightly patronising experience, the front and back guide shuffle you through pretty quickly. The buildings are not awe inspiring, but the gardens are lovely. Try to pick a sunny day to see the clouds reflected in the still water. Autumn is spectacular.

1  Thank Adrian B
Reviewed 9 October 2014

Beautiful imperial villa with a great view to the west of Kyoto. The buildings can only be seen from the outside. A great afternoon in nature. Very close to Manshuin. Another of my favorite temples in Kyoto.

Thank 1divyam
Reviewed 20 July 2014

getting there by bus is no problem, take the city bus one day pass, it goes everywhere except to shugakuin you need to pay extra 160 yen. from kyoto station, go to platform A1 take bus no 5, then drop at Shugakuin Michi, not Shugakuin...More

6  Thank Azzakwan
Reviewed 3 July 2014

A lovely place to visit if you have several days in Kyoto and love beautiful Japanese gardens and architecture. You need to apply for permission to visit from the Imperial Palace, but this can be done easily on-line a couple of weeks before. Beware that...More

5  Thank Robyn L
Reviewed 11 June 2014

If you appreciate large-scale, sophisticated manipulation of the landscape to achieve personal artistic satisfaction this is a wonderful chance to enjoy the work done for some ancient, retired Emperors of Japan. The monstrous libraries left as a tribute to American Presidents make for an interesting...More

3  Thank Youngryman
Reviewed 2 June 2014

I visited the villa in late April guiding three friends from foreign countries. This is my third visit, and in all cases, I truely enjoyed the landscape. This time, fresh leaves give vivid and gentle impression to the landscape. Its garden ia a typical and...More

1  Thank Takashi-TM
Reviewed 10 April 2014

Built back in the 13th century, it used to be the Imperial residence. It remains one of the few places in Kyoto that has not been burned down and rebuild in the numerous fires that ravaged Kyoto throughout its history. Its great history is only...More

1  Thank crishara
Reviewed 5 January 2014

You will have to make a booking in order to visit the villa, however it's not that busy so you shouldn't have any problems. The villa itself its really beautiful, offers a super ancient-ish feeling of a Japanese garden. The only downside that can occur...More

4  Thank Shin I
Reviewed 26 December 2013

Make reservation in person at the office near Kyoto Palace. The most memorable site during my 12 days in Kyoto. Free and the view is astounding. Comparing with other gardens in the temple, they are nothing. Provide Japanese tours only, but English audio guide can...More

4  Thank Stephanie L
Reviewed 11 December 2013

I could say I am lucky because I had the chance to visit this imperial holding; it is simply an awesome place. I loved the attention to details and the breath taking landscapes, it is all quite impressive. Luckily our guide spoke great English, we...More

1  Thank DawnTLongT
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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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
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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