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"Kyoto Imperial Palace" Kyoto Imperial Palace Tip by sunnywong

Kyoto Imperial Palace, Kyoto: 16 reviews and 34 photos


Located in the centre of Kyoto Gyoen (Kyoto Imperial Park). All of the present structures were built about 1855 in Heian-period architectural style, after the earlier buildings were destroyed by fire. There are six gates to the palace. Successive emperors added structures, many of which are connected by corridors. (Admission free)

Advise: Tours in English Mon-Fri at 10am and 2pm, also 3rd Sat of every month and every Sat in Apr, May, Oct, and Nov. Permission must be obtained in person from the Imperial Household Agency Office (tel. 075/211-1215), on palace grounds near the Inui Gomon Gate and open Mon-Fri 8:45am-noon and 1-4pm. Foreign visitors can apply in person in advance or on the day of the tour (before 9:40am for the 10am tour, before 1:40pm for the 2pm tour), but tours can fill up (especially in spring and fall); 1-day advance application required for all visitors 3rd Sat of every month and every Sat in Apr, May, Oct, and Nov. Must be 21 or older (or accompanied by an adult) and must present your passport; parties of no more than 9 may apply

Address: Kyoto Gyoen-nai, Kamigyo-ku
Directions: Subway Karasuma Line: Imadegawa -walk 10 min
Phone: +81 75-211-1215

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Feb 25, 2003
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