Admire the traditional Japanese architecture and garden design of Katsura Imperial Villa, a well-preserved residence of the Japanese imperial family. Only accessible as part of a tour, visits to the household last around an hour, taking the circular walking route through the garden and around the central pond. Completed in their current form in 1645, the villa and garden display many of the key features of regal Japanese households, including pristine, uncluttered living spaces, sliding doors, garden ornaments, native plant life, and shrines. Plan to see Katsura Imperial Villa and other attractions that appeal to you using our Kyoto trip itinerary planning tool.
Tours To Katsura Imperial Villa
Kyoto Half-Day Private Tour with Nationally-Licensed Guide BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $90
Duration: 4 hours
Kyoto Japanese Garden Lover's Private Tour with Nationally-Licensed Guide BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $119
Duration: 6 hours
Katsura Imperial Villa Reviews
I was lucky in that passing through Kyoto two weeks previously I had booked my tours of the imperial villas at the helpful Imperial Household Agency. By the time I came to take the tours the... more »
Even in winter, this garden is excellent. I can only imagine how amazing it would be in spring or autumn. You do have to apply in advance for a tour (I think you can try on the day but not... more »
I will review it in English, because we had the English tour. The guide was so nice and the young woman could answer all the questions we had. The area is so beautiful and gave us a calm feeling and a lot of new eypressions.
A palace for emperor and his family to enjoy the moon. That is one of their past time activities.
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