Kyoto Imperial Palace: a historic gem in the heart of Kyoto

History and significance of the Kyoto Imperial Palace

Emperors, empresses, princes and concubines lived for centuries behind the walls of Kyoto-gosho. Today the former imperial palace welcomes visitors and transports them back in time.

The architecture and design of the main structures

The buildings within the Kyoto Imperial Palace showcase the evolution of traditional Japanese architecture throughout various periods. Key architectural elements include:

  • Tiled roofs
  • Wooden walls
  • Elaborate decorations reflecting Japan's cultural heritage

The Shishinden and Seiryoden are prime examples of the palace's architectural grandeur, featuring Heian period design and serving as the backdrop for important ceremonies and events.

Looking through red gates to the main hall at Kyoto Imperial Palace

Shishinden at Kyoto Imperial Palace

By Ryuch - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=6922293


Address, timetable & access

Kyoto Imperial Palace

  • Address

    3 Kyoto Gyoen, Kamigyo-ku

    602-8611

    Japan

  • Phone

    +81 (0)75 211 1215
  • Access

    Subway: From Kyoto Station, take the Kurasuma Line to Marutamachi Station. Exit 1 for the south gate. For the north gate, take the Kurasuma Line to Imadegawa Station. On Foot: It is also possible to walk from downtown. From City Hall, walk north along Teramachi (the narrow street on the west side of City Hall) for about 10- 15 minutes. Teramachi has many small shops and restaurants.
  • Website

    https://sankan.kunaicho.go.jp/english/guide/kyoto.html

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