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Katsura Imperial Villa, Kyoto

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Historic Walking Area · Hidden Gem · Garden
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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.
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  • Katsura Imperial Villa is one of must-sees in Kyoto. To visit the villa, you should either make a reservation in advance, or go directly to the entrance early in the morning. Only the limited number.....  more
    Katsura Imperial Villa is one of must-sees in Kyoto. To visit the villa, you should either make a reservation in advance, or go directly to the entrance early in the morning. Only the limited number.....  more »
  • The early 17th-century Katsura Imperial Villa provides a stunning example of Japanese architecture and garden design. It features a variety of simple structures in a gorgeous garden setting, complete....  more
    The early 17th-century Katsura Imperial Villa provides a stunning example of Japanese architecture and garden design. It features a variety of simple structures in a gorgeous garden setting, complete....  more »
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  • An interesting place, but you need a reservation in advance. It's a little remote from Kyoto city, but you cen reach this place by train. Nice place for taking pictures during spring and winter season.
  • One of “must go” places in Kyoto, especially who are interested in architecture or design. Advance reservation via online is basically required to enter the villa though, the villa accepts very limited number of walk-in visiters who have a permission ticket which is handed out every 8:40am at the entrance. (yeah, it is too late if you arrive there at 8:40am. Be there an hour before.) Please note the villa is not just a sightseeing point, is one of the Imperial property. Be polite and enjoy visiting.

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