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 the 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



Bryant Vang  @vang2k - 2014-09-19
@ShadowEX I still listen to the track kyoto and the system F japan release
Pluto  @VisitPlutoWorld - 2014-09-19
Polly Amphankao  @emakayllop - 2014-09-19
Photo: Kyoto milk tea w/ Matcha soft cream 🍦🍵👼 #calanthaaasweettooth
シルキー・サイン  @silkysignre - 2014-09-19
RTG  @shawniiig - 2014-09-19
With every step we take kyoto to the bay strolling so casually...
Anna Veloz  @annaveloz - 2014-09-19
With every step we take Kyoto to the bay🌎❤️
Julian D  @jayjaydeepee - 2014-09-19
The yes/no vote is neck-and-neck here in Kyoto - shopkeeper told me "I love Sco-ran!", but is that pro or anti? #indyref
NOMITRDMRK GORONTALO  @TheVip_store - 2014-09-19
code : BP KYOTO 23 - idr 245 - laptop case : yes
ptsdjedi  @ptsdjedi - 2014-09-19
@annafifield :Life in Japan b4 the wave- Swapping London for rural Kyoto,was as alien a lifestyle as I could manage.
ptsdjedi  @ptsdjedi - 2014-09-19
Life in Japan before the wave - Swapping London for rural Kyoto, was as alien a lifestyle as I could manage.
Chester Rodolfa  @HDoubleMChester - 2014-09-19
Happy Birthday to my favorite auntie 😁 @ Kyoto Palace
Kyoto,Kyoto,Japan  @__Kyoto_ - 2014-09-19
It is time to pray Dhur 12:11 at Kyoto in Japan
dolce ; Toyoky  @dolce156vita - 2014-09-19
Visit #Fushimi #Inari taisha at #Kyoto it's famous #shrine with #SenbonTorii means Thousands gates!!…
Ferrick  @FerrickAnima - 2014-09-19
@FeatherFang @YesIAmMaisey a sequel is definitely coming... Kyoto Ghoul!
Cathy Cawood  @cathycawood - 2014-09-19
An idea that might save some of Kyoto's traditional homes
Leann Jackson  @leann_jackson25 - 2014-09-19
Being the last ones in Kyoto!! 👌 @Sam_Richard12
홍건철  @gunnhongc - 2014-09-19
Bruh Kyoto goes hard af
C Square  @circlingsquare - 2014-09-19
Tokyo, Kyoto and now back to Kyo. First thing first, Japanize him. 😆 missed my 'Yo. by castletime
Syreen Aurelius  @Syreen_Kyoto - 2014-09-19
@Foxx_Kira2 @AsariTasha @N7Maaya @Asari_Kenna2 Yeah, aren't you going to do something else other than modding armor and weapons?
James R Hamilton III  @JRHWV - 2014-09-19
Definitely a place on zee bucket list.
ゆかり こばやしい  @YukariKoba65 - 2014-09-19
@Kittyy_Ang *she looks all over the place* thus is so much different than Tokyo! This is....this is almost like a small Kyoto!  @Beerbeerorg - 2014-09-19
Unagi bento set in the train from Kyoto to Tokyo!
Jesus  @1versacesocks - 2014-09-19
that Kyoto beat tho > 🔥🙏🙏🙌🙌🙏🙌
Kiku  @invinciblekiku - 2014-09-19
Sometimes more than a month. And when you have to go to a conference at a far place like Kyoto, prepare to be broke that month.
isabel mcmurray  @izzy_bitty - 2014-09-19
my research has officially taken me to the university of kyoto's database where it is impossible for people who don't read japanese
Ingrid Berger Myhre  @Ingridbergermyh - 2014-09-19
NESTING with Mutsuro Ando tonight at Kyoto Art Centre.
Jean Custodio  @JeanLouiseC - 2014-09-19
@kyoto_soto practicing everyday
money  @ceeeeeenorita - 2014-09-19
witg every step we take, Kyoto to The Bay. strolling so casually.
Greta Eagan  @gretaeagan - 2014-09-19
Saddled up to the convertible car bar in Kyoto for an afternoon coffee. @joshspear… (w/ @joshspear) [pic] —
Gamma Γγ  @kyoto_soto - 2014-09-19
@JeanLouiseC must be good at basketball then