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Kyoto Gosho Imperial Palace Garden

The palace and garden are within the old palace enclosure but were built during the Edo period (c 1855). The style is loosely based on the Heian shinden-zukuri style, with large gravel courtyards and a small pond garden. Courtyards of this type were used for festivities but typically had a stream flowing under the building and through the courtyard. Lakes were larger and were used for boating parties.

Kyoto Gosho, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto gyoen nai, Kyoto, Japan

Entrance free, but only by appointment with the Imperial Household Agency (office near the garden entrance, passport required)

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  • over 8 years by jing 3 / 5

    Sorry everyone, but I found the Gosho a little disappointing. It was a grey day and the garden looked cold and black. And it did not help that the security guards were quite unfriendly. They just wanted to rush me round and rush me out - no way to enjoy a garden.

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Bridge, Kyoto Gosho Imperial Palace Garden Photograph ©
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Courtyard, Kyoto Gosho Imperial Palace Garden Photograph ©