Free English tours at the Kyoto Imperial Palace
Many locals can be seen freely visiting the Kyoto Imperial Palace courtyard for a stroll or even for a picnic when the weather is nice. Originally the palace was home to the emperor when the capital of Japan was known as Heian-kyo, or present day Kyoto city. The palace consists of several different structures that display traditional architectural styles. Throughout history, these structures were destroyed and rebuilt multiple times. However, the palace still stands today because of the rebuild ordered by the Tokugawa Shogunate in 1854, which made a speedy reconstruction of the palace possible. Today, English tours are offered at 10am and 2pm. Making a reservation online to reserve a spot is recommended. Your passport or residence card is required to enter.