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Kyoto Imperial Palace is located in Kyoto Imperial Park along with the Sento Palace. The emperor and Imperial court resided here until 1868, so it is a great place to visit for those interested in Japanese history and royalty. The imperial court moved to Kyoto when it became the capital in the Heian Period and remained until it moved to Tokyo where the emperor lives to this day.

Unlike the other Imperial palaces and villas in Kyoto, there are tours of the Kyoto Imperial Palace in English, so foreign visitors can more easily understand and appreciate the site. On the tour, you'll see most of the gates (each which was meant for a specific type of guest), main ceremonial hall (Shishinden), the garden, the Shunkoden which housed the sacred mirror, the emperor's original residence (Seiryoden), and other structures. The tour doesn't go to the empress's residence. Still, the tour was very informative and it's a great experience to get to step into the actual palace grounds!

To tour the Kyoto Imperial Palace, apply online up to three months in advance or go directly to the Imperial Household Agency on the morning of the day you want to tour to see if spots are available. The tour is free, but you need to be registered and have your ticket to enter.

Phone: +81 75-211-1215
Website: http://sankan.kunaicho.go.jp/english/guide/kyoto.html

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  • Updated Sep 14, 2010
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