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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4.02 weeks ago

Quite a picturesque place to visit. Free guided tours only which you will need to register yourself at the main entrance and obtain a permit.

4.04 months ago

This is a wonderful place with exquisite gardens. Sadly, although the main goal of the design and artistry of the gardens and buildings was contemplation, the tours feel rushed. Security is necessary but I hope a way is found to allow visitors to experience this wonderful historic villa's buildings and gardens in the way they were designed.

5.02 months ago

Beautiful garden!
The guided tour takes one hour. You need a reservation and need to be there 20 minutes before the start time.

5.07 months ago

Amazing place. The best garden design i have seen in Japan. Absolutely worth booking a time to visit here if you are travelling in Kyoto. The walk around gives very different atmospheres in the different parts of the garden. The guide was great but he spoke just a little too loudly. Making it very hard to hear our audio guides in English, other than this small issue the trip was perfect. The history of the place is worth briefly reading up on too.

4.03 months ago

Looks cool from the outside, thing is: you need to make a reservation, probably best a day earlier. You have to make the reservation in person. Current opening times (June 2018): 11:30, 13:00, 14:30.

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