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Kyoto Imperial Palace (Kyoto Gosho)

Travel Guide - Kyoto Imperial Palace (Kyoto Gosho)


Kyoto Imperial Palace (Kyoto Gosho) is the former ruling palace of the Emperor of Japan. The original palace was first used as the second palace of Emperor Kogen until he was enthroned to the emperor and declared it as the official imperial palace during the Genko War in 1331. Since then, the palace had been maintained by the authorities, such as Oda Nobunaga, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, and Tokugawa Ieyasu. The present building of the palace was constructed in 1855 and was used as the residence of Emperor Komei and Emperor Meiji until the Meiji Restoration in 1869. Even after Emperor Meiji moved to Tokyo, enthronement of a new emperor and other state ceremonies were still held here in the Meiji (1868 - 1912), Taisho (1912 - 1926) and Showa (1926 - 1989) Periods.
Today, the grounds of the palace are open to the public and the Imperial Household Agency hosts public tours of the buildings (Booking required). Behind the Shishin-den main hall, there are graceful structures, such as Seiryo-den hall which take you back to the brilliant court life in medieval times.

*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 (60 minutes): From 9:00, 11:00, 13:30, 15:00 (Booking required)
  • Visit Tour (35 minutes): From 11:00, 15:00 (Booking required)
  • Visit Tour (60 minutes, English): From 10:00, 14:00 (Booking required)


  • 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

  • 5 minutes walk from Imadegawa Station on the Kyoto Municipal Subway Karasuma Line (K06)

Address / LocationAddress / Location

  • 3, Kyotogyoen, Kamigyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 602-0881


Japan In Image @Japan_In_Image - 2019-10-10
Nashinoki Shrine is located on the east side of Kyoto's Imperial Palace (Gosho).
The shrine's annual hagi or 'bush… https://t.co/Q823KtqXSg
Phillip Jackson @pjacksonmusic - 2019-09-22
I think the most breathtaking garden I've seen in Japan is inside the old Imperial Palace in Gosho, Kyoto. #kyoto… https://t.co/pOl0cz8mEj
Marcel Fröhlich @cello1405 - 2019-06-26
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NekoMajo @NekoMajoArt - 2019-06-16
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Fushimi Inari Shrine. (with a nice cat café near the train station)
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Nyaruko🌸Zarf @ 🇯🇵 (Nikko) @Zarf__ - 2019-06-02
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Nyaruko🌸Zarf @ 🇯🇵 (Shizuoka) @Zarf__ - 2019-06-02
Another exciting day in Kyoto! I visited Nijō Castle & Ninomaru Palace (so incredible… so few wood buildings from t… https://t.co/XbtjC6EVLW
Nyaruko🌸Zarf @ 🇯🇵 (Tokyo (again)) @Zarf__ - 2019-06-02
Another exciting day in Kyoto! I visited Nijō Castle & Ninomaru Palace (so incredible… so few wood buildings from t… https://t.co/XbtjC6EVLW
Camellia Tea Ceremony @camelliakyoto - 2019-05-13
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Photographer @russelwongphoto - 2019-04-20
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What will be will be @Jessica71335903 - 2019-04-05
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Laura Malpas @LauraMalpas1 - 2019-03-22
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Laura Malpas @LauraMalpas1 - 2019-03-22
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Sun and sky @sunandskyjp - 2019-01-18
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haru @vividvoyager - 2018-12-09
Kyoto Gosho 'Old Imperial Palace'.
Large, large at all. And so cold ❄︎ https://t.co/PAkwNo5RGU
Tokyonobo @Tokyonobo - 2018-12-06
Kyoto Imperial Palace, or Gosho, is the former residence of the Emperor. Since 1869 no Emperor has resided here. Th… https://t.co/mjupffIDT3
Real JapaneseGardens @RealJapanGarden - 2018-10-16
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Adventures in Kyoto @KyotoDailyPhoto - 2018-09-19
The current Kyoto Imperial Palace (京都御所 Kyoto Gosho) is situated far east of the original site (centred around Senb… https://t.co/PAOA0eJNXp
Escargot 39 @39Escargot - 2018-09-17
Red colored series~》

~New Monday~
~Have a peaceful week to all ! ~

Mickey Mouse color…🐭… https://t.co/B9U4ppBHtj
Johannes Jacop @JohannesJacop - 2018-08-28
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Ken Hayashi @KyotoRealEstate - 2018-07-30
Gosho Minami (South of Imperial Palace ) Building for Sale in Kyoto
Amirul Ali @AmirulAli - 2018-06-22
The Kyoto Imperial Palace (京都御所 Kyōto-gosho) is one of the active palaces of the Emperor of Japan and has the longe… https://t.co/pm6T9i46PJ
Daniel Sofer @hermosawave - 2018-04-12
Hermosawave Picture of the Day: Gosho Sento (Imperial Palace Garden) https://t.co/ofVa7RDo9k #fb #kyoto #gosho #京都戦闘 https://t.co/gHNWilLW46
Photographer @russelwongphoto - 2018-03-10
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experience_japan @kyo_ninja - 2017-11-07
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Briɑη 📎 @tuzen - 2017-10-16
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The Kyoto Imperial Palace or: “Where Does the Time Gosho?” https://t.co/ZggTqHwK2E https://t.co/C8zdTLyYvV
Dessa Jimenez @dessajimenez - 2017-09-20
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Japan In Edinburgh @JapanEdinburgh - 2017-05-26
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Robert Ward @RobertAlanWard - 2017-05-25
Absolute favourite @ #RHSChelsea today: Gosho no Niwa. Ishihara brings imperial Kyoto to London. Exquisite. #Japan… https://t.co/jNC9pxPqQp
Andrew Joseph @ASJ47 - 2017-05-23
#Japan - It's A Wonderful Rife: #Kyoto-gosho Imperial #Palace https://t.co/KM6nPdauaH #Kyotogosho


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