Kyoto Sights

Kyoto Imperial Palace (Kyoto Gosho)

  • Kunaicho, Kyoto Gyoen-nai Map It
  • Kamigyo-ku
  • Castle/Palace/Chateau

Published 12/10/2015

Fodor's Review

Although it tops many tourists' list of must-see sights, the former Imperial Palace often leaves them disappointed because visitors may not enter any of the buildings on the subdued hour-long tour. The original building burned down in 1788, as did some of its replacements. The present structure dates from 1855. The garden, however, is a revelation, the work of a century of master landscapers. Its noteworthy facets include the stone shoreline of the pond, the graceful bridges, and the magnificent trees and flower selection.

To see the palace, you must receive permission from the Imperial Household Agency. You can usually arrange a same-day visit by showing your passport at the office, in the park's northwest corner, but you can also apply there earlier or make a request online. Guided tours in English begin inside the imperial park at the Seishomon entrance.

Sight Information


Kunaicho, Kyoto Gyoen-nai, Kyoto, 602-8611, Japan

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Sight Details:

  • Free
  • Tours weekdays 10 and 2; office weekdays 8:45–noon and 1–5

Published 12/10/2015


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