Katsura Imperial Villa

Katsura Imperial Villa (桂離宮, Katsura Rikyū) is one of the finest examples of Japanese architecture and garden design. The villa and garden in their present form were completed in 1645 as the residence for the Katsura Family, members of Japan’s Imperial Family.

Visiting Katsura Imperial Villa requires joining a free tour. Tours last about one hour and are in Japanese only; however, audio guides in several foreign languages are available. The tour follows the garden’s circular walking trail around the central pond. Palace buildings can be viewed only from the outside, and photographing is allowed only from designated spots.

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