About Kyoto Imperial Palace

The Kyoto Imperial Palace is one of Japan's most visited historic sites. It is a place of many palaces and shrines, reflecting the rich history and culture of Japan and the imperial family, who trace their lineage back thousands of years to the sun goddess. The Palace is located in the larger Kyoto Imperial Park, perfect for jogging, picnics, and leisure. Although entry to the garden is free and doesn't require prior permission, entry to the palace requires prior arrangement with palace authorities. 

Must See

  • Emperor's residence
  • Decorated gates
  • Prominent rooms and buildings
  • Imperial library

How to reach

By Metro:  JR Subway stations, Imadegawa and Marutamachi. Metro fare would be 230 Yen for adults and 130 Yen for children.

By Bus:  Bus no. 205, Bus fare is 200 Yen, children 100 Yen.


  • Stay hydrated as you will walk a lot.
  • Wear comfortable shoes and clothing.
  • Do not litter, drink alcohol or smoke. 
  • Photography is permitted. 
  • The palace can be visited as a part of a guided tour hosted by the Imperial household agency. Check their website for more information. 


Visit Time

Sunday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Monday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Thursday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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Time you can spend

1 to 2 hours


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