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Shugakuin Imperial Villa

Shugakuin Imperial VillaShugakuin Imperial Villa ("Shugakuin Rikyu" in Japanese) is one of the villas of Emperor Family.
It is at the west foot of Mount Hiei, and is located about 5 km northeast of Kyoto Gosho (Kyoto Imperial Palace). This villa is managed by Imperial Household Agency, and we must apply for visit to the agency in advance. Additionally, the visitors under 18 aren't allowed to enter this villa.

This villa was built in the 1650s by Emperor Go-Mizunoo.
It has three different Japanese Gardens in broad site with rice fields and forests. And they are connected with pathways.

The entrance is at the west side of the villa, and there is "Shimono-Ochaya" villa.
The building is modest, and has a garden "Jugetsukan".

There is "Nakano-Ochaya" villa about 300 meters southeast of Shimono-Ochaya.
This villa has two buildings called "Kyakuden" and "Rakushiken". And near the buildings, there is a temple of nun, "Rinkyuji".

There is "Kamino-Ochaya" villa about 250 meters east of Shimono-Ochaya.
It has a large pond "Yokuryuchi", and two buildings, "Rin'untei" and "Kyuusuitei", are dotted around the pond.
Rin'untei is built at the highest place in this villa, so we can see the nice view.

Visit Guide in Imperial Household Agency official website

How to get to here

By route bus

From Kyoto station, about 45 minutes to Shugakuinrikyu-michi stop by bus with route No. 5.
Then about 15 minutes from each bus stop to the villa.




Garden of Shimono-Ochaya
Photo by Kyoto Photo Gallery & Jazz World
Jugetsukan
Photo by Kyoto Photo Gallery & Jazz World
Garden of Nakano-Ochaya
Photo by Kyoto Photo Gallery & Jazz World
Rakushiken
Photo by Kyoto Photo Gallery & Jazz World
Yokuryuchi

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