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  • Address: Kyoto-Gyoen, Kamigyo-ku
  • Hours: Open daily; tours by appointment only Mon - Fri and some Saturdays at 10am and 2pm
  • Admission: Free

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Kyoto Imperial Palace

Japan's royal family no longer live in Kyoto Imperial Palace, but the imperial furnishings have been preserved. The immaculate parkland surrounding the palace is one of Kyoto’s favorite public gardens.

The palace has been empty since 1868, when the Emperor moved into the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. You need to book ahead to take a palace tour led by the Imperial Household Agency. Tours highlight the ceremonial halls, Imperial Library, the Empress quarters and throne room.

The lovely parklands are filled with flowering trees and grassed areas, carp ponds and cherry blossom trees. Pack a picnic and come for the day.

Practical Info

The Kyoto Imperial Palace and gardens are a short walk from Imadegawa train station in Kyoto’s central northwest.

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Kyoto Full-Day Sightseeing Tour including Nijo Castle and Kiyomizu Temple

4.5 star rating: Recommended 306 Reviews

Experience the magic of Kyoto on a full-day sightseeing tour of Japan's cultural jewel. You'll visit Kyoto's most popular attractions by coach and enjoy a ...  Read more

Location: Kyoto, Japan
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $106.23

Kyoto and Nara Day Tour Including Golden Pavilion and Todai-ji Temple from Osaka

4.5 star rating: Recommended 108 Reviews

See the main sights of both Kyoto and Nara in one day! This day trip from Osaka takes you on a morning tour of Nijo Castle, Kinkaku-ji Temple (Golden ...  Read more

Location: Osaka, Japan
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $139.52

Kyoto and Nara Day Trip from Kyoto including Nijo Castle

4.5 star rating: Recommended 182 Reviews

Explore the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara on this full-day tour from Kyoto. In the morning, visit UNESCO World Heritage sites Nijo Castle and ...  Read more

Location: Kyoto, Japan
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $115.91

Kyoto Day Tour of Golden Pavilion, Nijo Castle and Sanjusangendo from Osaka

4.5 star rating: Recommended 33 Reviews

Tour Kyoto’s famous landmarks all in one day, traveling by rail from Osaka! Visit three UNESCO World Heritage sites in the former royal capital, including ...  Read more

Location: Osaka, Japan
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $127.46

Kyoto Morning Tour of Kinkakuji Temple, Nijo Castle and Kyoto Imperial Palace from Osaka

4.5 star rating: Recommended 24 Reviews

See Kyoto highlights on this 6-hour tour from Osaka! Visit two UNESCO World Heritage sites — Ninjo Castle and Kinkaku-ji Temple (Golden Pavilion) — as you tour ...  Read more

Location: Osaka, Japan
Duration: 6.5 hours (approx.)

From USD $74.93

Kyoto Morning Tour: Kyoto Imperial Palace, Golden Pavilion, Nijo Castle

4 star rating: Recommended 96 Reviews

Soak up temple and palace sights on this half-day guided city tour, great for those who want to see Kyoto’s top attractions in a short time. Travel by coach in ...  Read more

Location: Kyoto, Japan
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $50.81

3-Day Mt Fuji, Kyoto and Nara Rail Tour by Bullet Train from Tokyo

4.5 star rating: Recommended 73 Reviews

See the iconic highlights of Japan on a 3-day guided tour to Mt Fuji, Kyoto and Nara. Visit revered Mt Fuji, take a boat cruise on Lake Ashi and an aerial tram ...  Read more

Location: Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $562.39

Kyoto Morning Tour - Golden Pavilion, Nijo Castle, Kyoto Imperial Palace including Lunch

4.5 star rating: Recommended 6 Reviews

Enjoy the sights of Kyoto on this morning tour. Visit Nijo Castle, marvel at the gold covered Kinkakuji Temple - Golden Pavilion, walk through Kyoto Imperial ...  Read more

Location: Kyoto, Japan
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $89.57

2-Day Kyoto and Nara Rail Tour by Bullet Train from Tokyo

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 6 Reviews

Venture by bullet train from Tokyo to the historical sites of Nara, and enjoy an overnight stay in Kyoto – the heart of Japanese culture! On this two-day trip, ...  Read more

Location: Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 2 days, 1 night

From USD $551.19

3-Day Kyoto and Hiroshima Independent Tour by Nozomi Bullet Train from Tokyo

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 8 Reviews

Discover Kyoto and Hiroshima, two of Japan’s most famous cities, without the hassle of arranging transportation or hotels on this independent tour. Explore ...  Read more

Location: Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 3 days / 2 nights

From USD $358.28

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