Katsura Imperial Villa

Sightseeing information about Katsura Imperial Villa in Japan.

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This former imperial villa is located along the west side of the Katsura River in western Kyoto. Built in the 17th century by an imperial family, this villa is a pure Japanese-styled structure surrounded with an expansive 7-hectare stroll garden. Bruno Taut praised highly of this structure on his visit in 1933, making this spot internationally well-known.

There are teahouses and the large pond with five islets connected by various types of bridges, and the surrounding garden is meticulously manicured. The villa and garden can be viewed only on tours, four times a day, held by the Imperial Household Agency. Making a reservation can be a little bit of a hassle, but this place is worth a visit when you have longer time in Kyoto.

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5.03 months ago

If you only have the chance to see one garden while you're in Kyoto, I suggest Katsura. A reservation is required, as it is for most of the famous gardens, and the tour moves quickly. If I could, I'd ask them to just let me sit in one place for an hour so that I could pain there, but such is life. If I make it back to Japan, I'll definitely go here gain.

5.02 months ago

Katsura is a beautiful example ok Japanese garden and traditional, historic Architecture. We went in late November and the leaves were changing color and it was incredibly beautiful. This place only allows you to go on a scheduled tour so check the timing ahead of time. This is good though, because it isn't overrun with people like most other temples in Kyoto. You can great great photos and have a more tranquil experience.

4.0a month ago

Great location to learn about ancient Imperial Japan & culuture.
You will need to be quite patient regarding the process of booking to see the Villa& Gardens as well as a highly regimented guided tour.
Was it worth it?? Most definitely!!

5.03 months ago

I have refrained from posting my pictures of Katsura Villa, simply because it is that beautiful of a place. I do not want to spoil it.

The landscape is a series of impeccably planned twists and turns, dips and rises. Walking between the multiple pavilions, every step reveals new scenery.

To visit, make a reservation on the imperial household agency website. Or walk in to try and get a ticket (there's a limited quota daily). Tickets cost 1000yen.

English tours are available at certain timeslots. Audio guides in multiple languages are also available, so no worries even if you can only get the Japanese tour. This is important because you can only enter with a tour.

4.02 months ago

Note:- the Imperial Gardens can only be viewed by making an appointment & then being conducted in an 'official guided tour'.
Nevertheless these are truly stunning gardens representing the very best of Japanese natural & built environments with a informative interpretation tour ( recorded audio in English).
Spoilt only by the somewhat "over the top" discipline applied by security staff of the Gardens that accompanies every tour.

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