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  Shugakuin Imperial Villa
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  • Shugakuin Imperial Villa - Kyoto
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  • View of Upper Villa - Kyoto
      View of Upper Villa
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  • Shugakuin's Middle Villa - Kyoto
      Shugakuin's Middle Villa
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  • Shugakuin's Pine Path - Kyoto
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  • One of Shugakuin's Gardens - Kyoto
      One of Shugakuin's Gardens
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Shugakuin Imperial Villa is located up in the countryside of northeastern Kyoto. They were built by Emperor Gomizuno in the mid-seventeenth century. It is divided into three parts, the lower villa, middle villa, and upper villa. The lower villa is where the waiting area is located. You can purchase souvenirs from the villa here, including some great English-language books about the villa. The middle villa contains a beautiful garden and a few buildings. The middle villa was built for the princess.

The upper villa is the largest and most famous. You enter from the top, presenting a stunning view of the rest of the upper villa below. Then, you walk down past the waterfall and around the lake to see the upper villa and iconic bridge from all angles before exiting through the lower villa. Each villa is connected by a path of pines cut in the imperial-style. Between the villas are farmlands. The garden was well-constructed to be in-tune with the surrounding area. Mount Hiei can be seen in the background.

In order to tour any of the imperial villas in Kyoto you need to have a reservation and bring your ticket with you, but it is well worth the effort to make a reservation. Once you get the reservation, the tour is free.

Phone: 075-211-1215
Website: http://sankan.kunaicho.go.jp/english/index.html

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  • Written Jul 11, 2010
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