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Katsura Imperial Villa

Open today: 09:00 - 16:30
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nice visit

The buildings can only be viewed from the outide, but that is nice enough. The garden is realy... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Beautiful setting

That's the best spot i visited for my four days tour in Kyoto, very well kept and maintained for... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
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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.
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Katsuramisono, Nishikyo-ku, Nisikyo, Kyoto 615-8014, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-211-1215
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The buildings can only be viewed from the outide, but that is nice enough. The garden is realy beautiful.

Thank amsterdam05
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

That's the best spot i visited for my four days tour in Kyoto, very well kept and maintained for 300 over years history. Please book before you visit, as the villa do not open to the public, only via reservation in advance. Beautiful landscape, seeing...More

Thank STTiong
Reviewed 12 August 2018

Definitely worth visiting if you get the chance. Best of the 3 villas in Kyoto. Too bad we had to be herded like sheep. I always like to spend time sketching and photographing the landscape; but guided tours are always an unpleasant rush.

Thank Silk_Zither
Reviewed 9 July 2018

We booked the reservation ahead of time. My wife and I really enjoyed this garden even though it was raining that day. We visited all three Imperial Gardens in Kyoto, I liked this one best.

Thank Lawrencecp
Reviewed 5 July 2018

We visited with a group and were shown around the villa. It is a great example of a Japanese palace without the crowds. Some of the furniture and fittings remain - the carpets made me smile! The gardens again were delightful.

Thank leafpeeperbristol
Reviewed 13 June 2018 via mobile

Tickets are free. The easiest way to get tickets is either to pre-book on the Imperial Household Agency website or if you will be in Kyoto for a few days go to the Imperial Household Agency in the grounds of the Kyoto Imperial Palace and...More

3  Thank Traveller376
Reviewed 6 May 2018

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

1  Thank KeithsCoffee
Reviewed 29 April 2018

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

Thank Pv2017
Reviewed 28 April 2018

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

Thank petesaund
Reviewed 24 April 2018

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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Response from Pv2017 | Reviewed this property |
we went in March. It was lovely then but then again they had a very hot spring so we were lucky to have the start fo the cherry blossoms but I think that the gardens were designed for all seasons and I am sure winter will be... More
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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