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Sento Imperial Palace (京都仙洞御所)


Historical Monument

This is an old imperial palace when Emperor Go-Mizu-no-O abdicated and retired in the early 17th century. Destroyed by fire in 1854, now only the garden and tearoom remain. The spring cherry blossom and autumn changing leaves are of course wonderful, as are the blooming wisteria of early summer. The Yatsuhashi (zigzag bridge) connecting the south pond to the central island is covered in wisteria trellis, and the sight of it catching the wind is just beautiful. Though same day booking is possible, one should book in advance to be guaranteed entry.


Kyoto Kyoutoshi Kamigyou-ku Kyoutogyoen (Kurama / Kibune / OharaArea)

phone 0752111215

[Visit Hours] 9:30, 11:00, 13:30, 14:30, 15:30

Review of Sento Imperial Palace (Sento Gosho)

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Reviewed:2020/03/16 Superb landscape garden.
This palace can be viewed by permit only, booked in advance but free of charge. At the time of my visit they were not taking new bookings because of the coronavirus epidemic, but they were honouring...
Reviewed:2019/11/07 Online booking to join guided tour
The only way to visit this palace garden is to book online 3 months ago and no guarantee to reserve a seat. The participates are drawn by luck only. Visitors are arranged to join guided tour but only...
Reviewed:2019/10/11 Well worth the reservation process
You have to request a reservation and after evaluation you receive an invitation for a specific time. Passport number required. Nice tour after orientation in Japanese. Beautiful and historic...

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Kyoto Kyoutoshi Kamigyou-ku Kyoutogyoen [map]
Kurama / Kibune / OharaArea
[Visit Hours] 9:30, 11:00, 13:30, 14:30, 15:30
Monday (The next day for Public holidays), 12/28-1/4
* Application system, this Sunday application is possible
* For details, please refer to the Imperial Household Agency homepage.
Parking Lot
* Kyoto Gyoen Parking Lot
[Imperial Household Agency Kyoto Office Visitor] 075-211-1215

Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN


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          Its wooden tea houses, shuffling geisha, and spiritual sights have seen Kyoto hailed as the heart of traditional Japan, a world apart from ultramodern Tokyo. Despite being the Japanese capital for over a century, Kyoto escaped destruction during World War II, leaving behind a fascinating history which can be felt at every turn, from the fully gold-plated Kinkakuji Temple down to traditional customs such as geisha performances and tea ceremonies, which are still practiced to this day.