Visiting Kyoto Imperial Palace – with Photos

Visiting Kyoto Imperial Palace

Visiting Imperial Palace Kyoto is an amazing experience, as is the entire the city of Kyoto. Situated in the heart of Kyoto, the Imperial Palace is a stunning example of Japanese architecture. Not to mention the Kyoto Goyen, the Imperial Palace park, is wonderful place to experience everyday life of the people of Kyoto. There are wide paths for walking or cycling. Plus picnic areas, tennis courts and playgrounds for children. The Kyoto Imperial Palace is an absolute must see for those who want to explore the rich history and culture of Japan.

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Planning Your Visit to Kyoto Imperial Palace

Visiting Kyoto Imperial Palace - Kyoto Gyoen - image by Lisa Soots

Where is the Palace Located?

The Imperial Palace in Kyoto is located in the heart of the city, just to the east of the famous Nijō Castle. Obviously the central location makes visiting Kyoto Imperial Palace relatively easy. It is one of the most important historical sites in Japan. Definitely a must-see for anyone visiting Kyoto. The palace grounds are open to the public, and visitors can explore the grounds. Additionally you can take in the beautiful gardens, and learn about the history of the Imperial Palace.

How to Get to the Imperial Palace in Kyoto, Japan

The Imperial Palace is easily reached by public transportation. The easiest way to get to the palace is to take the metro. Kyoto Imperial Palace is a short subway ride from Kyoto Station along the Karasuma Subway Line. Get off at Marutamachi (7 minutes, 260 yen) or Imadegawa Station (10 minutes, 260 yen). Note that Imadegawa Station is closer to the entrance gate of the Imperial Palace than Marutamachi Station.

Alternatively, you can also take a bus from the city center to the Imperial Palace. Buses run frequently and can take you directly to the front of the palace.

How much does it cost to tour?

Surprisingly Kyoto Gosho, Kyoto Gyoen, and Sento Gosho are all free to explore. If you would like to tour the Kyoto State House the costs are as follows: Adults: ¥1,500 (~US$11.01), Students: ¥1,000 (~US$7.34), and Middle and High School Students: ¥500 (~US$3.67). Also the palace is typically open Tuesday through Sunday, but can vary due to holidays. Be sure to check their website to confirm it will be open when you plan to visit.

Do keep in mind that waiting times can be very long when large groups are visiting. To avoid wait times I would recommend that you arrive early or later closer to the last admission of the day.

Kyoto Imperial Palace Grounds - image by Lisa Soots

History of the Imperial Palace in Kyoto, Japan

The Imperial Palace in Kyoto, Japan, is the original home of Japan’s imperial family dating back to 794 AD. Unfortunately, due to a disastrous fire, the Kyoto Imperial Palace was reconstructed in 1855. It was the home of the imperial family until 1868. The Imperial Family now resides in Tokyo. The palace is still used for ceremonies and enthronement of a new Emporer.

The grounds cover over one square kilometer and feature a network of buildings and gardens. The beautiful complex includes the such as Kyoto Gosho former imperial residence, Sento Imperial Palace, and the Kyoto State Guest House. Additionally you will see several grand gates and walls.

The Imperial Palace in Kyoto is one of Japan’s most important historical sites and is a symbol of the country’s long history.

Beautiful Photographs to Inspire Your Visit

Visiting Kyoto Imperial Palace - Kyoto Gyoen - image by Lisa Soots

To help you appreciate the beauty of this place, I will share some of my favorite photos with you! Of course, I hope these photographs will inspire you to plan a visit. But, if you are unable to visit, then allow these photos to visually guide you through the property.

Where to Stay in Kyoto when visiting the Imperial Palace

If you’re looking for a place to stay in Kyoto while visiting the Imperial Palace, there are a few near by that are excellent. First is the Kyoto Brighton hotel, which is just .3 miles from the Imperial Palace. Second, the Hotel Ninja Black, is very nice budget option and is only .4 miles from the palace. Third, if you prefer a private villa, then check out Cochien Imperial Garden. Its only .5 miles from the Kyoto Imperial Palace. Of course, you can find many more options at Booking.com or Hotels.com.

Of course I hope you enjoyed this post about visiting Kyoto Imperial Palace. It is a stunning example of Japanese architecture and a delight to explore. If you’re looking for more travel ideas, then check out our Londonor Amsterdamposts for more inspiration.

Visiting Kyoto Imperial Palace - Exterior Walls

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Kyoto Imperial Palace Grounds - image by Lisa Soots

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