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Jan 5th, 2013, 04:11 PM
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Kyoto in April - Katsura, Shugaquin, Sento all booked for the month

Hello,
We are going to be in Kyoto in early April, so I wanted to reserve a visit to at least one of the Imperial sites (Katsura Villa, Shugaquin Villa or Sento Palace) but all three are shown as completely booked in April for the whole month. (http://sankan.kunaicho.go.jp/english/). Does this sound right? I know that Kastura is supposed to have the most beautiful gardens in all Japan, but not a single opening three month in advance? Should I be periodically checking the site in case some spots open up? Are there any other options? Is it possible to get admission without a reservation by just showing up?
Also, what are your favorite sites to visit in Kyoto for cherry blossoms?
Thanks in advance for your suggestions!
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Jan 5th, 2013, 04:38 PM
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There are several ways to apply for visits, including same day. In advance is lottery I think for all of the special properties. http://sankan.kunaicho.go.jp/english/about/rikyu.html
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Jan 8th, 2013, 05:26 PM
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I guess we'll try the same day option then. Thank you for your response.
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