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Katsura Imperial Villa

Katsura Imperial VillaKatsura Imperial Villa ("Katsura Rikyu" in Japanese) is one of the villas of Emperor Family.
It is about 5 km west of Kyoto station in the western suburb of central Kyoto. Katsura River flows just east of this villa.

This villa was built in the early 17th century as the ville of Katsura-no-miya Family, one of the Imperial Family.
The family line had died out in 1881, and this villa has been managed by Imperial Household Agency since that.
We must apply for visit to the agency in advance. Additionally, the visitors under 18 aren't allowed to enter this villa.

Near the entrance, there are main buildings.
They are "Ko-shoin" (Old Shoin study), "Chuu-Shion" (Middle Shoin study), and "Shin-Goten" (New Palace).
And there is a large pond to the east of these buildings, and it makes a broad Japanese garden.
Around the garden, some small tea houses are dotted.

We are allowed to take photos at only some places.

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.




Path to the garden
Photo by Kyoto Photo Gallery & Jazz World
Pond in the garden
Photo by Kyoto Photo Gallery & Jazz World
Path around the pond
Photo by Kyoto Photo Gallery & Jazz World
A bridge in the garden
Photo by Kyoto Photo Gallery & Jazz World
In the garden
Photo by Kyoto Photo Gallery & Jazz World
Inside of a tea house
Photo by Kyoto Photo Gallery & Jazz World

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