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Katsura Imperial Villa

Katsuramisono, Nishikyo-ku, Kyoto 615-8014, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-211-1215
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Peaceful and delighful

At the end of a simple subway journey and brief walk, these gardens started in the early 1600s... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
KeithsCoffee
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North Sydney, Australia
Oh such loveliness

I visited many gardens in Kyoto and Nara. This one did not disappoint. It was not crowded and it... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Pv2017
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London, United Kingdom
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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.
  • Excellent74%
  • Very good17%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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“audio guide” (8 reviews)
“pm tour” (2 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Katsuramisono, Nishikyo-ku, Kyoto 615-8014, Kyoto Prefecture
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+81 75-211-1215
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

At the end of a simple subway journey and brief walk, these gardens started in the early 1600s. The free guided tour is required (with free multilingual commentary) and provides surprising glimpses at each turn. Views across ponds & plantings & tea houses keep revealing...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I visited many gardens in Kyoto and Nara. This one did not disappoint. It was not crowded and it was a lovely example of the Japanese gardens. If you visit, there is a traditional tea house about 10 minutes away from the main entrance that...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was without doubt the most beautiful garden we visited during our five week stay in Japan and we saw many We visited all four imperial gardens - shugakuin,sento,imperial palace and katsura and the last stood out above the rest The azaleas were in full...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

you need to pre-book your visit to this gorgeous temple, otherwise you will have to cue at 11am at the gate to manage to get in, only 60 people a day are allowed, and wait for your scheduled tour at 1:30, 2:30 or 3:30pm (20...More

1  Thank Arturo H
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We visited a number of gardens in Kyoto but none as sublimely beautiful as this one with its intricately designed buildings and landscapes, water and hill, moss and bush. It is true that the labyrinthine application process is offputting but it is absolutely worth the...More

Thank Ben A
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Reviewed 10 April 2018

This is, by far, the most exquisite garden I have ever visited anywhere. Every turn and corner reveals harmony and balance. The manipulation of views is taken to the highest level, with all corners offering something new and varied. It is necessary to register to...More

1  Thank Shauna P
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Reviewed 29 March 2018 via mobile

Free but very hard to get in. Booking yourself to the tour is must. If you go there in the morning 11 am you might get in next tour 14.30 pm. That happened to me and also I had been there the day before that...More

1  Thank Roosa L
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Reviewed 25 March 2018 via mobile

We visit the imperial villa with high expectations and was even better than we thought. I couldn’t believe how japanese take such good care of the site and buildings of the villa. For sure the most beautiful gardens I have seen in my life, and...More

1  Thank Maolixi
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Reviewed 22 March 2018

We took a 1-hour tour of this early 17th-century villa in November and considered it to be an exquisite example of Japanese architecture and garden design. The brother of Emperor Goyozei commissioned the mountain complex, which covers 17 acres in the Western suburbs of Kyoto....More

1  Thank Rumples
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Reviewed 21 March 2018

It's a little out of the way, but worth a visit. You can reserve tour tickets online in advance. When we were there, the water in the pond was low, which detracted a little. On a nice day with a full pond, it would be...More

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Alex4Goldy
19 April 2018|
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Response from setsucollis | Reviewed this property |
My friends in Tokyo tell me that yes , you can go without a booking ( as mentioned by Gumer Q's response ) , but still recommend booking in case the day you go is full . It is quite a distance to go and miss out . If you are... More
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5 July 2017|
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Response from johnfjohnston | Reviewed this property |
About an hour.
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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.
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