Kyoto Imperial Palace

History Art & Architecture
Free Admission
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Kyoto Imperial Palace is the former residence of the Emperor of Japan, when Kyoto used to be the capital of Japan before the Meiji Restoration when the capital of Japan, and the Imperial Palace was moved to Tokyo in 1869. Unlike the current Tokyo Imperial Palace, the grounds and buildings of the Kyoto Imperial Palace are open to the public for viewing. With lavish gardens and architecture, you can get a taste of old Japan and a peek into the way past Emperors of Japan had lived before Japan had begun taking in Western influence as of the Meiji Restoration.

1.0 Hour
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Postal code
3 Kyotogyoen, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto
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Recommended season
March, April, May, October, November

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5 out of 5 stars

It felt special being so close to such an important historical Japanese location. The experience itself is a sort of trail past various buildings in the palace grounds culminating beside the emperor's personal quarters. Beside each building, there is information detailing the building's purpose (in English and Japanese). Entry is free and the palace is located in the middle of the Kyoto National Park with many other things to see. Overall, this spot is a must see for anyone visiting Kyoto.


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