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

Greatly enjoyed the guided tour! It explained stories and ingenuity behind the beautiful garden and architecture. It costs 1000 yen (about 9 USD) and requires reservation, but definitely worth it.

The nearest train station is Katsura station. It took 10–15 minutes by foot.

One of the must-go places when you visit Kyoto!

5.05 months 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.

4.08 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.

5.08 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

5.04 months ago

Loved this place. Very organized, we learned beautiful and interesting histories about the past in there.

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