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Katsura Imperial Villa is one of the finest examples of ... - Secret World

Katsuramisono, Nishikyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 615-8014, Giappone

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Overview

Katsura Imperial Villa 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 tour. Until October 2018, tours are free of charge and held in Japanese only (English audio guides are available); however, from November 2018, English tours will become available and an entrance fee of 1000 yen will be introduced. 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.