Shugakuin Imperial Villa, Sakyo

4.5
#8 of 78 in Parks in Kyoto
Take a tour of Shugakuin Imperial Villa, a set of three villas and associated gardens owned by the imperial family. Built between 1655 and 1659 by Emperor Gomizuno, the complex features three main buildings, all showcasing different aspects of traditional Japanese imperial architecture, including dark wood facades, sliding doors, elevated tatami mats, and painted wall panels. The sprawling park that surrounds boasts plentiful natural sights: waterfalls, woods, and ponds, as well as enclosed areas made into fine examples of traditional Japanese gardens. Though entry to the buildings is not allowed, many remain open so visitors can see inside as part of the tour. Using our online itinerary creator, Kyoto attractions like Shugakuin Imperial Villa can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • It is a generous imperial palace. I think many people will be visiting with Katsura Imperial Villa, but I think that the delicate katsura Rikyu and relaxed are the which had of the Japan gardens. It was a visit on a snowy day. The pier of the pond, the forest behind the pond was also reflected in the snow, and it was a landscape that looked like a picture.
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  • I went there at half past 13:30 without reservation. I was able to take a tour from 15:00 at the reception on the day. Only for reservations in the morning. On the day of the reception, there are two times of the tour, from 13:30 to 15:00. The tour is 3km away, the height difference is 50m, and the travel time is 80 minutes. I was stuck in one piece without knowing the itinerary (laughs). It was the salvation of the least that was walking shoes. By the way, I walked from the bus stop (Shugakuin Rikyu Road), and the return went to the Osamu Gakuin station of Eizan den. Even so, it is generous for free guided tour of 80 minutes of the entire journey!
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  • Every detail in this Imperial garden was so perfect that I felt some dizziness. Too much, isn’t it? Every corner, even single tiny stone, and glass and moth seemed to be calculated. All these efforts make me feel mixedly the laborious work of labors. Anyway, sturdiness of Imperial properties I saw, even though the builder insisted to design the garden humbly.
  • A large Japanese Loyal Family's summer palace complex with typical but well-arranged landscape and gardens.
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