Aug. 21, 2020 UPDATE
Shugaku-in Imperial Villa- 修学院離宮 -
Advance reservation is required. Websites have English page so that you can book from your country. Taking pictures inside is allowed.
Japanese, English, French, and Chinese
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Shugaku-in Imperial Villa is a retreat with a garden fit for the royal family
The Shugaku-in Imperial Villa is a mountain retreat for the royal family on a 545,000 square meter area. It was built in only two years from 1653 to 1655 by the order of the Emperor Go-Mizunoo. There are three gardens connected by paths lined with pine trees. The gardens are named lower villa, middle villa, and upper villa respectively, and each offer a unique scenery. The best view is from the upper villa near Yokuryu Pond, the harmony between the pond and the mountains behind it is sure to fascinate you. The design of the buildings of the site is also glorious. You can only visit the villa on a guided tour that takes about an hour. They can provide you with a free English audio guide. Feel the aesthetic beauty of Kyoto at the Shugaku-in Imperial Villa.
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Tour Time: 9am, 10am, 11am, 1:30pm, 3pm *Maximum number of visitors; 50 persons per each time
Advance reservation is a necessary for visiting. You can make it up in advance from 3 month before you visit. *Door tickets are available if the number of visitors are not full. 【Application for visit】 https://sankan.kunaicho.go.jp/order/index_EN.html ※The date and time cannot be changed after the application is completed. Please cancel it and request a new date and time again.
Mondays (It opens on Monday if it is public holiday and following Tuesday is closed), Dec. 28-Jan. 4th, and some important events are held.
・You must be over 18 years old to enter. ・Your own original passport or residence card is required when you visit.