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  • Address: Kyoto-Gyoen, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto 601-8151, Japan
  • 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 and Nara Day Tour Including Golden Pavilion and Todai-ji Temple from Osaka, Osaka, null
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Kyoto and Nara Day Tour Including Golden Pavilion and Todai-ji Temple from Osaka

4.5 star rating: Recommended 1183 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 $179.13
Kyoto Morning Tour of Kinkakuji Temple, Nijo Castle and Kyoto Imperial Palace from Osaka, Osaka, ... 
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Kyoto Morning Tour of Kinkakuji Temple, Nijo Castle and Kyoto Imperial Palace from Osaka

4.5 star rating: Recommended 738 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 $93.64
Kyoto Sushi-Making Class, Kyoto, Day Trips
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Kyoto Sushi-Making Class

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 65 Reviews

Learn the culinary art of rolling sushi in a sushi-making class and enjoy your creations for dinner. Your 1.5-hour lesson takes place in a traditional Kyoto ...  Read more

Location: Kyoto, Japan
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $61.56
Kyoto Cooking Class, Kyoto, Cooking Classes
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Kyoto Cooking Class

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 143 Reviews

Discover Kyoto’s rich culinary heritage during a cooking class in the former imperial capital. Your 1.5-hour lesson takes place in a ‘machiya,’ a traditional ...  Read more

Location: Kyoto, Japan
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $61.56
Kyoto Full-Day Sightseeing Tour including Nijo Castle and Kiyomizu Temple, Kyoto, Cooking Classes
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Kyoto Full-Day Sightseeing Tour including Nijo Castle and Kiyomizu Temple

4.5 star rating: Recommended 17947 Reviews

Discover tranquil temples, Imperial palaces and ancient shrines on this 9-hour full-day Kyoto sightseeing tour. Explore top city attractions such as Nijo ...  Read more

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

From USD $134.35
Kyoto and Nara Day Trip from Kyoto including Nijo Castle, Kyoto, Bus & Minivan Tours
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Kyoto and Nara Day Trip from Kyoto including Nijo Castle

4.5 star rating: Recommended 8975 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 $149.62
Kyoto Morning Tour: Kyoto Imperial Palace, Golden Pavilion, Nijo Castle, Kyoto, Day Trips
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Kyoto Morning Tour: Kyoto Imperial Palace, Golden Pavilion, Nijo Castle

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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 $65.14
Kyoto City Tour: Golden Pavilion, Nijo Castle, Kyoto Imperial Palace and Handicraft Center, Kyoto, ... 
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Kyoto City Tour: Golden Pavilion, Nijo Castle, Kyoto Imperial Palace and Handicraft Center

4.5 star rating: Recommended 272 Reviews

Enjoy the sights of Kyoto on a sightseeing tour to Nijo Castle, Kinkaku-ji Temple (Golden Pavilion), Kyoto Imperial Palace and the Kyoto Handicraft Center. ...  Read more

Location: Kyoto, Japan
Duration: 6 to 7 hours

From USD $110.94
Kyoto Small-Group Bike Tour, Kyoto, Bus & Minivan Tours
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Kyoto Small-Group Bike Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 1846 Reviews

Grab your bike and get set to explore Kyoto from the ground up. On this small-group bike tour, you’ll unearth the real Kyoto while cycling the narrow lanes and ...  Read more

Location: Kyoto, Japan
Duration: 3 to 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $79.52
Kyoto Small-Group Cultural Experience: Calligraphy or Origami Class, Kyoto, Bike & Mountain Bike ... 
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Kyoto Small-Group Cultural Experience: Calligraphy or Origami Class

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 169 Reviews

Try your hand at the Japanese arts with your choice of a calligraphy or origami class! Take a 1-hour lesson from an expert instructor inside a beautiful ...  Read more

Location: Kyoto, Japan
Duration: About 1 hr to 1.5 hrs

From USD $39.57

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