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Shugakuin Imperial Villa, Kyoto

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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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  • The villa is in three widely separated sections connected by gravel paths. These paths are well graded and easy but the villa gardens contain many steps. The whole tour takes a good hour. An audio... 
    The villa is in three widely separated sections connected by gravel paths. These paths are well graded and easy but the villa gardens contain many steps. The whole tour takes a good hour. An audio...  more »
  • i'm glad i did a early book of this tour. .the aesthetic ! and lwarning little arigato here . .i highly recommend and do early tickets . 
    i'm glad i did a early book of this tour. .the aesthetic ! and lwarning little arigato here . .i highly recommend and do early tickets .  more »
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  • Nestled in the foothills of Mt Hiei in NE Kyoto is the Shugakuin Imperial Villa, for which visitors with foreign passports or Residence Cards in Japan can make a reservation on a day's notice at the Imperial Household Agency in Kyoto. It's well worth the effort as the gardens & grounds are exquisite. Wear comfortable walking shoes, though, for the 2km guided walking tour!
  • Awesome place. Wish they would take more walk-ins.

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