The Katsura Imperial Villa (桂離宮, Katsura Rikyū), or Katsura Detached Palace, is a villa with associated gardens and outbuildings in the western suburbs of Kyoto, Japan (in Nishikyō-ku, separate from the Kyoto Imperial Palace). It is one of Japan's most important large-scale cultural treasures.
Very beatiful and delicated emperor's garden. Emperor do not allow kids younger than 18 years old to visit and enjoy his garden. Emperor's wisdon always keeps me impressed!
Amazing place. The best garden design i have seen in Japan. Absolutely worth booking a time to visit here if you are travelling in Kyoto. The walk around gives very different atmospheres in the different parts of the garden. The guide was great but he spoke just a little too loudly. Making it very hard to hear our audio guides in English, other than this small issue the trip was perfect. The history of the place is worth briefly reading up on too.
One of the prettiest Japanese gardens. Best time to visit is in autumn when all the maple trees are red; however, in order to do so, you need to book the reservation 6 months in advance. The Villa was constructed for moon viewing so a lot of elements there are conductive to that. We visited at 3 pm on a winter day so the sun was setting slightly. The tour is in Japanese but you have to option of getting the English self-guided one.
Only with tour, which is about everything but not the villa building itself. You also couldn't see the inside (even from the outside), so I was a bit disappointed
This garden is a MUST see! All the elements that are needed for an harmonic, balanced garden are here. If it's not on your "to do" list, put it there. The hassle free booking makes it so easy. DO IT! It is breathtakingly beautiful
Very beautiful garden and palace a definitely must see. This used to be the old imperial palace. It's amazing to see and hear it's history as you walk through the palace and beautiful gardens.
Lovely tour experience (only open for tours). Electronic, audio tour guides available at counter for full experience as the tour guide themselves only speaks Japanese. Many photographic sceneries and opportunities.
A so beautiful Villa, with a nice parc, place around. The view from the last floor of the Villa is beautiful. Recommended, also for the visit of the Villa & his history
This is a wonderful place with exquisite gardens. Sadly, although the main goal of the design and artistry of the gardens and buildings was contemplation, the tours feel rushed. Security is necessary but I hope a way is found to allow visitors to experience this wonderful historic villa's buildings and gardens in the way they were designed.
Superb gardens. You HAVE to pre-book to enter. Japanese guided tour only. 20 people Max. Audio guide for foreigners that probably covers 1/3 of what the guide says but still better than nothing. Pre-book at the imperial palace or try your luck at the venue but real risk tour might be already full. Online reservations open 3 months in advance but only few places can be booked like this apparently. Same applies for Nijo Castle. Worth coming though. The gardens are really exceptional. Michelin star restaurant nearby if you book for lunch.
Looks cool from the outside, thing is: you need to make a reservation, probably best a day earlier. You have to make the reservation in person. Current opening times (June 2018): 11:30, 13:00, 14:30.
Beautiful garden! The guided tour takes one hour. You need a reservation and need to be there 20 minutes before the start time.