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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4.0a month 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.

4.05 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.

5.0in the last week

if have a chance, please visit, very nice.

5.03 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.

3.0a month ago

I've never been there, but Google decided I have so I'm just leaving a random review and an average rating. Google, you might want to get your shoot together: if you want to monitor where people go and eventually limit our freedom to control what we do and buy, you might want to do it straight.

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