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.