What is "Kyoto-Gosyo" ?"
"Kyoto-gosyo" Imperial Palace has been the residence of Japan`s successive emperors ever since her capital was moved to Kyoto more than 1,200 years ago. It is surrounded by a huge rectangular earthen fence 450 meters north to south by 250 meters east to west and the area is 110,000 square meters. In the compound, there are many magnificent structures that will make you sigh, all of which stand in perfect harmony toward each other and are the combination of all the traditional forms of Japanese architectural technique. The present palace, however, is the reconstruction of the original structures that was carried out toward the end of the Edo period (1603-1867).
What you can see and enjoy
A guide will take you on a tour around the palace buildings. Have a look at them and you will marvel at the traditional Japanese construction technique. You can enjoy seeing the trees, a pond, gardens and other natural surroundings in the palace grounds. You will realize the authority of Japan`s emperor. Besides gettig inside the palace ground, you can enjoy strolling, relaxing and having lunch in the spacious "Gyoen" garden. You can spend a happy time with your family all day.
Kyoto-Gosyo is the starting place of festvals
Processions of "Aoi-matsuri" festival on May 15 and "Jidai-matsuri" festival on October 22 start from this palace, attracting a huge crowd.
Reservation is the must
Reservation is necessary before you visit the palace. It can be done through a return card, online or in person. If you visit the palace administration office by yourself, you can get the permission for the entry on the next day, but if you make a request for a visit online, you have to wait at least four days, and in case of a return card, a month.