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Shugakuin Imperial Villa

1-3 Shugakuin-yabusoe, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 602-8611, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-781-5203
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Beautiful three-level imperial gardens

This was one of our three top experiences in Kyoto. Make sure you have comfortable walking shoes... read more

Reviewed 12 January 2018
Susan K
Beatifull Villa

In the side of a hill makes this place look beautiful, giving a grand view of both the hills behind... read more

Reviewed 19 November 2017
Salatiga, Indonesia
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Created as an imperial summer retreat, the garden complex is a fine example of Japanese landscape design.
  • Excellent68%
  • Very good25%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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1-3 Shugakuin-yabusoe, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 602-8611, Kyoto Prefecture
Northern Kyoto
+81 75-781-5203
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Reviewed 12 January 2018

This was one of our three top experiences in Kyoto. Make sure you have comfortable walking shoes for going up paths and outdoor steps. Our hosts arranged for our reservations and the driver to take us there. After checking in and showing a passport, you...More

Thank Susan K
Reviewed 19 November 2017

In the side of a hill makes this place look beautiful, giving a grand view of both the hills behind and the city below. The gardens are to die for in the fall. Spectacular. As with Katsura, the guides moved you along too fast to...More

1  Thank DimasNugrahaS1
Reviewed 4 September 2017 via mobile

Completely different from Chateau de Versailles. No dance hall nor chandelire but still gorgeous. This is the place the Emperor loved and the place preserved for 400 years. Perfect match to the surrounding nature to make you relax. Need reservation and poor language support but...More

Thank Emorse0
Reviewed 17 July 2017 via mobile

For this place you need a reservation, and I was happy my friends could take care of it. They check quite thoroughly and they might ask you to show a passport. In the little shop/waiting room they play a video that gives you a short...More

Thank HarTeeuw
Reviewed 11 July 2017

The good news is that like the Katsura Villa this is now available on a same day standby basis. You show up at the villa office in the morning and get tickets. There are 2-3 tours in the afternoon, and for the time being few...More

1  Thank Todd2PS
Reviewed 25 June 2017

This garden is the complement to Katsura imperial villa. It is in the north east of Kyoto and easily reached by train or bus. Again you have to book places by going to the Imperial Household Agency next to the Kyoto Imperial Palace as the...More

Thank tonyc768
Reviewed 5 June 2017 via mobile

This Imperial Detached Villa has three separate gardens separated by cultivated fields of vegetables and grains. The paths are paved or stone walkways with quite a number of steps which would present significant difficulties for visitors with ambulatory limitations. The views of Kyoto below over...More

Thank H S G
Reviewed 1 December 2016

Good experience for tour , Palace so beautiful especially autumn leave and panoramic view.But if you can't advance reserve , You need to waiting about 2 hr to reserve palace tour.

Thank Rasrisuang N
Reviewed 30 November 2016

We got an advance reservation at the Imperial Palace to come here. This place is faraway, a good hour from Kyoto Station and we have to arrive 20 minutes early to check in. But this villa is simply beautiful. It's so worth it. One of...More

Thank Anna J
Reviewed 13 November 2016

The grounds are beautiful and would certainly suggest you visit. The audio-guide that is provided helped to create a good experience.

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Northern Kyoto
Hot springs and historic temples characterize the
leafy landscapes of Northern Kyoto. Acres of tranquil
residential streets are interrupted by some of Kyoto's
most gorgeous architectural gems, including the
majestic Golden Pavilion of Kinkakuji, the serene
artistry of the Ryoanji Temple rock gardens, and the
bold red paint across the structures of Enryakuji
Temple. Once a religious core of the city, the
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2 October 2016|
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Response from Melvin B | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, I do not know. We were on Public Transport and foot
20 May 2015|
Response from yama744 |
Please visit Japanese Imperial Household Agency Web site and it has instructions how to get the permission to visit the villa.
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