Kyoto Imperial Palace

by May 6, 2015

One of Many Gates Leading into the Kyoto Imperial Palace

Palace of Palaces, the Original Seat of Japanese Power

As we’ve traveled to various countries within Southeast Asia recently, we’ve had opportunities to take a look at the various palace grounds. With that said, we knew we just had to try to pay a visit to the Imperial Palace in Kyoto, the previous capital of Japan before Tokyo. Before making a visit out there, check the times for the tours in the language that you want. For us, the EN tour was happening at both 10 am and 2 pm.

Main Gate Leading into the Kyoto Imperial Palace

Since we got a little bit of a late start, we decided to go for the 2 pm tour. When you get the the gates, you’ll immediately notice that there is a sign that you can only enter with a guided tour, no self tours allowed. Do not fret, just turn around and walk towards the information center where you can get your tickets for the tour you have in mind.

Once you get back to the gates, show your ticket to the guards and you’ll be shown to the ticket booth where someone will review your ticket and usher you towards a large waiting room. From there, your tour will begin.

Tour Guide Telling Us the History of the Kyoto Imperial Palace

The map provided and the wireless mic on the tour guide were both very helpful. Throughout the tour you’ll get a chance to hear all about the history of the palace, see the various rooms used by royalty and even get a better understanding of why the colors of the tatami mats are important and other such aesthetic choices and their cultural significance.

Regardless, you’ll have a chance during the whole 1 hour tour to take plenty of pictures so just relax and immerse yourself in a piece of Japan’s history.

Nadia and JM at the Kyoto Imperial Palace Building

Nadia and JM at the Kyoto Imperial Palace Exterior Gate

Nadia and JM at the Kyoto Imperial Palace Kenshunmon Gate Nadia and JM at the Kyoto Imperial Palace Jomeimon Gate

Kyoto Imperial Palace Jomeimon Gate

View of the Ceremonial Shishin-den Building Through the Red Jomeimon Gate at the Kyoto Imperial Palace

Nadia and JM by the Bridge in the Garden at the Kyoto Imperial Palace

Nadia at Shishin-den at the Kyoto Imperial Garden

Close Up of Kenshunmon Gate at the Kyoto Imperial Palace

Kenshunmon Gate at the Kyoto Imperial Palace

Copper Roofed Shunko-den at the Kyoto Imperial Palace

Nadia at the Seiryo-den at the Kyoto Imperial Palace

Garden at the Kyoto Imperial Palace

Pond at the Kyoto Imperial Palace

Foot Bridge Over the Pond at the Kyoto Imperial Palace

More of the Garden at the Kyoto Imperial Palace

Gabled Roof at the Kyoto Imperial Palace

Nadia and JM at the Pond Garden in the Kyoto Imperial Palace

F8T Tips

  • There’s lockers in the waiting room for you to store your luggage if you’re traveling heavy.

KYOTO IMPERIAL PALACE

 

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