Sento-Gosho Imperial Palace   仙洞御所

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There remain only two teahouses, Seika-tei and Yushin-tei, the former residence of the emperor lies in the Kyoto Imperial Palace.

There remain only two teahouses, Seika-tei and Yushin-tei, the former residence of the emperor lies in the Kyoto Imperial Palace.

Imperial Retreat

In the Imperial Park in Kyoto, built on the vestiges of the last emperor's residence, today you'll find a pleasant garden and two period tea houses.

Located in the southeast of the park of the imperial palace Sento-Gosho no longer attracts crowds... the noble building has, however, been succeeded by a very pleasant Japanese garden.

All that remains of the residence of rest, where emperors retired to at the end of their lives, built in 1630 - but not rebuilt after being destroyed several times - is two tea houses, Seika-tei and Yushin-tei, of which it is possible to see the inner structure. The first, whose name comes from a verse by the Chinese poet Li Bai (701-762), engraved on a plaque of the pavilion, opens onto a pond lined by a pebble beach. The second features a thatched roof and a beautiful round window, which make it popular.

The South Pond, located on the former site of the Sento-Gosho garden, is crossed by, and can be admired from, three different bridges, including the Yatsu-hashi or zigzag bridge that is particularly surprising. When autumn comes, the maple trees turn purple and the place seems to be transported to time immemorial.

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