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Kyoto Imperial Palace

Palace Kyoto, Japan

A look into Japan's ancient imperial dynasties Kyoto Imperial Palace

The Kyoto Imperial Palace (京都御所) used to be the residence of Japan's Imperial Family until 1868 when the emperor and capital were moved from Kyoto to Tokyo. It is located in the spacious Kyoto Imperial Park (京都御苑), an attractive park in the center of the city that also encompasses the Sento Imperial Palace and a few other attractions. The current Imperial Palace was reconstructed in 1855 after it had burnt down and moved around town repeatedly over the centuries. The complex is enclosed by long walls and consists of several gates, halls and gardens. The palace grounds can now be entered and explored without joining a tour and without any prior arrangements; visitors can see the palace buildings and gardens, but note that none of the buildings can be entered. The vast park also serves as recreational space for both tourists and residents, featuring attractive, broad gravel paths, lawns and tree groves. A lovely group of weeping cherry trees stands beside Konoe Pond in the park's northwestern corner and is usually in bloom for two to three weeks from late March to mid-April.

+81 75-211-1215

3 Kyotogyoen, Kamigyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 602-0881, Japan

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