Kyoto Imperial Palace, Kamigyo

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Explore an important chapter in the nation's history at Kyoto Imperial Palace, the former residence of the country's royal family. Join a guided tour to access the 19th-century palace complex and explore its array of buildings and gardens. Afterwards, you can stroll through the lush grounds of the surrounding park, which ranks as one of the city's most popular outdoor leisure spots. Keep in mind that you must apply ahead of time for permission to tour the palace--check the website for details to avoid disappointment on the day of your visit. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Kyoto Imperial Palace and many more Kyoto attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Kyoto itinerary builder website .
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  • We joined the free walking tour which was very helpful for understanding the history and background and also details about the various buildings and the palace grounds.  more »
  • A place where you need to be able to follow the tour. There are two languages to choose from Japanese and English. There is no need to pay. It is a building with a long history. The park outside is also very big.
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  • Such a beautiful place to visit and totally worth it! This place is my go to whenever I visit Kyoto. I believe there’s a free tour going around most of the buildings in Japanese (maybe in English too). The tour I had was extremely informative last time and I really enjoyed it. It’s much more interesting than learning Japanese history at school. I’d recommend whoever wants to visit here to sort of have knowledge of general Japanese history, so that you’ll find this place more interesting. There’s free lockers available so you can leave your unnecessary stuff like souvenirs or other things that you don’t want to carry when going around this place!
  • Very nice place for a stroll. There is a guided path that takes you through the place, past the many buildings and several beautiful gardens. I could spend many hours in this place. Entrance is also free, but the number of visitors allowed is limited. Next to the entrance there is a room showing a movie about the palace which is worth watching
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