Katsura Imperial Villa4.2
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.
Airport/Sta.Osaka International Airport (about 32.6km) Google Transit
We guide this spot.
5.0a month ago
Rather stunning and refined imperial villa which is a 15 minute walk from the nearest train station. Needs to be booked on advance and costs 1000 yen to enter. There are some walk in tickets and don't forget your id if you want to enter.
4.04 months ago
Gardens were stunning. You can only see in a tour which currently costs 1,000. We arrived when they opened and had to wait another hour for our tour. They have English headphones for the audio. It is out of the way compared to all other tourist destinations. Luckily there was one taxi waiting in the parking lot because there closest train station was a 15 minute walk.
5.04 months ago
Lovely place with beautiful gardens! You can feel the atmosphere of olden-day Kyoto and imagine how life for nobles must have been! One of my favourite places in all Kyoto
5.05 months ago
I will review it in English, because we had the English tour.
The guide was so nice and the young woman could answer all the questions we had. The area is so beautiful and gave us a calm feeling and a lot of new eypressions.
5.04 weeks ago
Beautiful, even in winter and under the rain, a must see to understand the beauty of Japanese garden