Kyoto Imperial Palace (Kyoto Gosho)

Kyoto Imperial Palace (Kyoto Gosho)


Kyoto Gosho is the former ruling palace of the Emperor of Japan. The palace was in use from 1331 to 1869 (Meiji Restoration). Even though the palace had been maintained by people in power, such as Oda Nobunaga, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, and Tokugawa Ieyasu, it was burnt down by fire, and the present building was reconstructed in 1855.
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 he 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 / RatePrice / Rate

  • 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)

Related LinksRelated Links

Address / LocationAddress / Location

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



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