Kyoto Imperial Palace
Kyoto Imperial Palace Park
The Kyoto Imperial Palace (Kyoto Gosho) and Sentō Gosho are surrounded by the spacious Kyoto Imperial Palace Park, which is planted...
Sentō Gosho Palace
The Sentō Gosho is the second imperial property located within the Kyoto Imperial Palace Park (the other one is the Kyoto Gosho, which...
Nishijin Textile Center
In the heart of the Nishijin textile district, this is worth a peek before starting a walk around the area. There are also displays of...
Occasional classical music and dance performances are held at this midtown concert hall. Check Kyoto Visitor's Guide for upcoming...
Toraya Karyō Kyoto Ichijō
This gorgeous tearoom-cafe is a stone's throw from the west side of the Kyoto Imperial Palace Park. It's fantastic for a break from...
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Kyoto Imperial Palace information
The Kyoto Imperial Palace, known as the Gosho in Japanese, is a walled complex that sits in the middle of the Kyoto Imperial Palace Park. While no longer the official residence of the Japanese emperor, it's still a grand edifice.
The original imperial palace was built in 794 and was replaced numerous times after destruction by fire. The present building, on a different site and smaller than the original, was constructed in 1855. Enthronement of a new emperor and other state ceremonies are still held here.
The Gosho does not rate highly in comparison with other attractions in Kyoto and you must apply for permission to visit. However, the surrounding Kyoto Imperial Palace Park is open to the public from dawn to dusk and can be visited freely without any application procedure. It's Kyoto's premier green space.