Shugakuin Imperial Villa
The Shugakuin Imperial Villa was designed as a lavish retreat for the Imperial Family. The grounds are extensive and are divided into three large gardens (upper, middle, lower), each of which features a superb tea-ceremony house with superb views of the gardens, ponds, and "borrowed scenery" of the surrounding mountains.
The villa represents the best of Japanese landscape architecture. It was begun by the Emperor Go-Mizunoo after his abdication and was completed by his daughter in 1680. It is a place for feasting one's senses on the tranquil beauty of nature, lovingly shaped by human hands. Visitors cannot help but be moved by the aesthetic achieved by the garden's designers. The changing colors of the leaves in fall are particularly impressive.
Please note that prospective visitors should make a reservation.
- Shugakuin-yabuzoe Sakyo-ku, Kyoto
Access: 20-minute walk from Eizan Railway Shugakuin Station
15-minute walk from City Bus Stop Shugakuin-rikyu-michi
Parking: Not available
Hours: Tours start between 9:00 - 15:00
(On-site registration for the tours after 13:30 may be available from 11:00 if the numeber of reservations has not reached the limits)
Closed: 12/28-1/4, and Mondays (Tuesday if a national holiday falls on a Monday)
- No admittance for those under 18 years old.