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Katsura Imperial Villa

Katsuramisono, Nishikyo-ku, Kyoto 615-8014, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-211-1215
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Highly recommended! you must see!

this is probably only major attraction no need to purchase ticket in Kyoto. Only need is to show... read more

Reviewed 30 August 2017
San Jose, California
Beautiful landscape design and a scenic garden that you can savor!

We had an enjoyable stroll through a historic imperial garden that is close to Kyoto station. This... read more

Reviewed 10 August 2017
Jon M
Chicago, Illinois
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This beautiful home belonged to members of the Katsura family, one of the Imperial families of Japan. The home displays some very traditional Japanese architecture and landscape design.
  • Excellent73%
  • Very good17%
  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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“tea houses” (9 reviews)
“english audio” (4 reviews)
“guided tour” (6 reviews)
Katsuramisono, Nishikyo-ku, Kyoto 615-8014, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-211-1215
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Reviewed 30 August 2017

this is probably only major attraction no need to purchase ticket in Kyoto. Only need is to show your passport or driver license and then you wait for a group formed to get into the garden. And the garden is so simple, so big and...More

Thank J G
Reviewed 10 August 2017

We had an enjoyable stroll through a historic imperial garden that is close to Kyoto station. This is one of my favorite excursions in Kyoto. Bring your camera and passport but remember there are guided tours that have a maximum of 20 participants so plan...More

Thank Jon M
Reviewed 10 July 2017

This stunning garden will never get the reviews it deserves because the number of visitors is so small. Before you had to get reservations 6 months in advance through the Imperial Household. Now you can stand by for tickets in the morning for tickets that...More

2  Thank Todd2PS
Reviewed 24 June 2017

If you like gardens, you have to visit this and also the Shugakuin imperial villa. This is more looking inwards, whereas Shugakuin is looking out but they are wonderful contrasts. Katsura is easy to get to by train from central Kyoto on the Kawaramani line...More

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Reviewed 5 June 2017 via mobile

I first visited Katsura in 1968 and saw three gardeners cutting the grass with scissors. The great loving care of these Imperial Villa gardens may not be the same today but Katsura is still the most beautiful horticultural endeavor I have ever seen. The different...More

Thank H S G
Reviewed 20 April 2017

The gardens are absolutely amazing...AMAZING.......spectacular..and so very soothing to the Spirit of the frenzied tourist whose plate overflows with must-see sights. The tranquility only interrupted by the guide whose piercing voice like fingernails scraping a slate chalkboard as he closed his eyes at each stop...More

2  Thank johnfjohnston
Reviewed 6 April 2017

Our favourite Imperial garden. Get there early & have a coffee at Yoki's Coffee House close to the front entrance. Lockers, video, English map were helpful. Well maintained and beautiful grounds.

1  Thank brucestevenson
Reviewed 4 March 2017 via mobile

If you have the time to jump through a few hoops, you get a worthwhile payout. I got there at 10:45 to reserve a limited spot for the 3:30 pm tour. I killed some time and returned at 3:15 to watch a kind of boring...More

1  Thank Ted S
Reviewed 1 March 2017

Within the garden there are several tea rooms to watch moons in different seasons. It's located a bit far from the central kyoto, but worth visiting if you are staying more than 2 days in Kyoto. You need to book a visit online or in...More

1  Thank ananasjapan
Reviewed 22 December 2016

I was introduced to a TV commercial and I learned about this villa long time a go. “Eternity, It is Katsura rikyu” (Katsura Imperial Villa) by Bruno Taut. To the Japanese proverb, “One look is worth thousand words”  Again, the garden and building(villa) united, and...More

Thank takeshi52
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5 July 2017|
Response from johnfjohnston | Reviewed this property |
About an hour.
Lawrence C
7 March 2017|
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Response from takeshi52 | Reviewed this property |
Unfortunately, by  “Guidelines for taking part in the tours of Katsura Imperial Villa” , Participant has to be 18 years of age or older.
2 October 2016|
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Response from Amber201083 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, there is parking lot. See the map from the Villa Visitor Guide under "access".