Kyoto (京都, Kyōto) was the capital of Japan for over 1,000 years until the Meiji Restoration in 1868 saw the emperor move to the new capital, Tokyo. It remains, however, one of the most popular destinations for tourists due to its many temples, shrines, and other historical areas, including Gion, the city’s most famous entertainment district.
Kyoto Imperial Palace (京都御所, Kyōto Gosho) is the former residence of the Imperial Family and seat of the…
The park grounds are open 24/7, 365 days per year, but the opening hours for the palace grounds are more restricted. April to August: 9:00-17:00, October to February: 9:00-16:00, September and March: 9:00-16:30. Kyoto Imperial Palace is closed on Mondays unless that day is a public holiday, in which it is closed on Tuesday instead. Note that you can only visit Kyoto Imperial Palace by participating in one of the daily tours.
Ninnaji (仁和寺) is a temple in western Kyoto that dates back to the late 9th century. It is…
Open 9am to 5pm from March to November; 9am to 4:30pm December to February. The Reihokan is open from April to the 4th Sunday of May and from 1 October to 23 November.
Visitors can enter the grounds for free except for during the cherry blossom season when there is a 500 yen charge. There is a 500 yen admission fee for both the Goten complex and the Reihokan (Treasure House).