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Historical Monument

Kyoto Imperial Palace


The Kyoto Imperial Palace is located in the northern side of the Kyoto Imperial Gardens. The palace is surrounded by a roofed mud wall and channel of clear running water 250 meters long east to west and 450 meters long north to south. The current palace was rebuilt in 1855 and includes such facilities as six gates scattered around all four sides, the old palace’s state chamber where successive generations of emperors were enthroned, and a hall of state built in the Imperial residence style located in the center of the compound where the Imperial throne is placed. The small old palace, built in the traditional shoin-zukuri style, is located on the north side of the compound, and from here visitors can view an elegant garden with a large pond. Once, viewing the Kyoto Imperial Palace required an application to be made beforehand, but today no such reservation is required and the palace may be viewed freely by anyone year round (note that a bagger inspection will be performed prior to allowing visitors entry).

Kyoto Kyoutoshi Kamigyou-ku Kyoutogyoen
[Sep./Mar.] 9:00-16:30 (Last entry 15:50) [Oct.-Feb.] 9:00-16:00 (Last entry 15:20) [Apr.-Aug.] 9 :00-17:00 (Last entry 16:20)
Monday (The next day for Public holidays), 12/28-1/4
Free * Please refer to the Imperial Household Agency homepage for details.
Parking Lot
Available * Kyoto Gyoen Parking Lot
[Imperial Household Agency Kyoto Office Visitor] 075-211-1215
Updated at: January 25, 2022 Information Sources: NAVITIME JAPAN


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    Kyotos Imperial Palace

    Japans Imperial Familys offical Residence until 1868, when they moved to Tokyo. Kyoto, up until that point, was The Capital and that is why it is still very much a low-rise City, with lots of... more

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  • Reviewed
    Free and a great insight into old Japan

    Unfortunately we couldnt go inside any of the buildings, but still had a nice day out. One thing I would recommend to do is download the free app to your phone that tells you more of the history of... more

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    Nice Palace

    Kyoto Imperial Palace is formed by several palaces, gardens, halls.. and the main palace. You have to follow a path and look at the temples, halls and gardens from a distance. Everything is very... more

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  • Reviewed
    Imposing architecture, attractive gardens.

    I was pleasantly surprised to find the palace grounds still open to walk-in visitors when so many other places have been shut down by the coronavirus epidemic. Admission is free for a self guided... more

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  • Reviewed

    Excellent place to visit, A very relaxing place to stroll around. Beautiful old buildings and gardens. more

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