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Katsura-Rikyu Imperial Villa

Travel Guide - Katsura-Rikyu Imperial Villa

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Katsura-Rikyu Imperial Villa was built in 1624 by the emperor's brother Prince Hachijo Toshihito for the Hachijo-no-miya (later Katsura-no-miya) family. Katsura-no-miya is one of the four branches of the imperial family. Then the villa was renovated and extended three times, and finally completed in 1662.
The villa consists of several Shoin-style buildings and teahouses in the 58,000 square meters of premises surrounded by a bamboo grove. The villa's garden with a large pond is renowned as an outstanding example of Japanese landscape gardening, and the beauty of the combination of the garden and architecture is internationally known.

*Note: You need to join a visit tour to enter. Advance booking is required at the Kyoto office of the Imperial Household Agency. Online application is also available (Please visit the link below). Children under 18 years old cannot join the tour.

Opening HoursOpening Hours

  • Visit Tour: 9:00 – 15:30 (Booking required)

ClosedClosed

  • Visit Tour: Sundays and National holidays
  • Visit Tour: Saturdays (January – February, June – October, December) *except the 3rd Saturday
  • Visit Tour: December 28 – January 4

Price / Entrance FeePrice / Entrance Fee

  • Visit Tour: Free (Booking required) *Children under 18 years old cannot join the tour.

Access / Public TransportAccess / Public Transport

  • 23 minutes from JR Kyoto Station by the #33 bus. Get off at Katsura-Rikyu-mae Bus stop.
  • 20 minutes walk from Katsura Station on the Hankyu Kyoto Line or Hankyu Arashiyama Line

Address / LocationAddress / Location

  • Katsura Misono, Nishikyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 615-8014

TweetsTweets

heiwanasora @heiwanasora1 - 2019-12-07
@JoanDWinston1 Katsura rikyu? I haven't been there yet... I would like to go once.
Colum Duffy @myconnectedlife - 2019-11-23
The Japanese gardens at Katsura Rikyu are just stunning this time of year #桂離宮 #KatsuraRikyu https://t.co/CyQoOEBUV5
とらっどじゃぱん @trad_jpn - 2019-11-07
Katsura Rikyu in Kyoto boasts what has been described as the most beautiful garden in Japan.2/2 #gogakuru #eigo #English
Mark Robinson @Markanizer - 2019-11-01
@tafucatpmn Arashiyama is Kyoto's second-most important sightseeing district. ... Katsura Rikyu Imperial Villa is r… https://t.co/o2LaGe5Gq6
とらっどじゃぱん @trad_jpn - 2019-10-27
Katsura Rikyu in Kyoto boasts what has been described as the most beautiful garden in Japan.2/2 #gogakuru #eigo #English
とらっどじゃぱん @trad_jpn - 2019-10-15
Katsura Rikyu in Kyoto boasts what has been described as the most beautiful garden in Japan.2/2 #gogakuru #eigo #English
とらっどじゃぱん @trad_jpn - 2019-10-04
Katsura Rikyu in Kyoto boasts what has been described as the most beautiful garden in Japan.2/2 #gogakuru #eigo #English
とらっどじゃぱん @trad_jpn - 2019-09-22
Katsura Rikyu in Kyoto boasts what has been described as the most beautiful garden in Japan.2/2 #gogakuru #eigo #English
positive gamma@2019 @posit1vegamma - 2019-09-20
@sonjakato I went to see Katsura Rikyu and Ryoanji temple, after I became an “adult”. I was undoubtedly affected by… https://t.co/r2QoE0ceIv
とらっどじゃぱん @trad_jpn - 2019-09-11
Katsura Rikyu in Kyoto boasts what has been described as the most beautiful garden in Japan.2/2 #gogakuru #eigo #English
とらっどじゃぱん @trad_jpn - 2019-08-31
Katsura Rikyu in Kyoto boasts what has been described as the most beautiful garden in Japan.2/2 #gogakuru #eigo #English
とらっどじゃぱん @trad_jpn - 2019-08-19
Katsura Rikyu in Kyoto boasts what has been described as the most beautiful garden in Japan.2/2 #gogakuru #eigo #English
とらっどじゃぱん @trad_jpn - 2019-08-08
Katsura Rikyu in Kyoto boasts what has been described as the most beautiful garden in Japan.2/2 #gogakuru #eigo #English
とらっどじゃぱん @trad_jpn - 2019-07-27
Katsura Rikyu in Kyoto boasts what has been described as the most beautiful garden in Japan.2/2 #gogakuru #eigo #English
とらっどじゃぱん @trad_jpn - 2019-07-15
Katsura Rikyu in Kyoto boasts what has been described as the most beautiful garden in Japan.2/2 #gogakuru #eigo #English
とらっどじゃぱん @trad_jpn - 2019-07-04
Katsura Rikyu in Kyoto boasts what has been described as the most beautiful garden in Japan.2/2 #gogakuru #eigo #English
とらっどじゃぱん @trad_jpn - 2019-06-22
Katsura Rikyu in Kyoto boasts what has been described as the most beautiful garden in Japan.2/2 #gogakuru #eigo #English
Yama @Hiro57338995 - 2019-06-17
【The 17th Long Walking】
We are going to Mt. Arashiyama via Nagaoka-tenmangu, Katsura Rikyu, Uzumasa movie land, Tog… https://t.co/rD4E3wQPj9
とらっどじゃぱん @trad_jpn - 2019-06-11
Katsura Rikyu in Kyoto boasts what has been described as the most beautiful garden in Japan.2/2 #gogakuru #eigo #English
とらっどじゃぱん @trad_jpn - 2019-05-31
Katsura Rikyu in Kyoto boasts what has been described as the most beautiful garden in Japan.2/2 #gogakuru #eigo #English
とらっどじゃぱん @trad_jpn - 2019-05-19
Katsura Rikyu in Kyoto boasts what has been described as the most beautiful garden in Japan.2/2 #gogakuru #eigo #English
とらっどじゃぱん @trad_jpn - 2019-05-08
Katsura Rikyu in Kyoto boasts what has been described as the most beautiful garden in Japan.2/2 #gogakuru #eigo #English
とらっどじゃぱん @trad_jpn - 2019-04-26
Katsura Rikyu in Kyoto boasts what has been described as the most beautiful garden in Japan.2/2 #gogakuru #eigo #English
とらっどじゃぱん @trad_jpn - 2019-04-15
Katsura Rikyu in Kyoto boasts what has been described as the most beautiful garden in Japan.2/2 #gogakuru #eigo #English
N▽ @BKtelle - 2019-04-09
@thongek Are you still near Kyoto? You should check out Katsura Rikyu
経験は最高の教師だ。卍 @Elucidatus - 2019-04-07
A stone lantern, one of many in the serene huge pond and gardens of the Katsura Rikyū (桂離宮) the Imperial Villa in K… https://t.co/hBtUkHKKMy
とらっどじゃぱん @trad_jpn - 2019-04-04
Katsura Rikyu in Kyoto boasts what has been described as the most beautiful garden in Japan.2/2 #gogakuru #eigo #English
とらっどじゃぱん @trad_jpn - 2019-03-23
Katsura Rikyu in Kyoto boasts what has been described as the most beautiful garden in Japan.2/2 #gogakuru #eigo #English
とらっどじゃぱん @trad_jpn - 2019-03-12
Katsura Rikyu in Kyoto boasts what has been described as the most beautiful garden in Japan.2/2 #gogakuru #eigo #English
経験は最高の教師だ。卍 @Elucidatus - 2019-03-01
A stone lantern, one of many in the serene huge pond and gardens of the Katsura Rikyū (桂離宮) … https://t.co/e9cDOX7rrN
とらっどじゃぱん @trad_jpn - 2019-02-28
Katsura Rikyu in Kyoto boasts what has been described as the most beautiful garden in Japan.2/2 #gogakuru #eigo #English

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