Kyoto recommended sightseeing spot: “Kyoto Imperial Palace”

【Kyoto recommended sightseeing spot: “Kyoto Imperial Palace”】

Today, we would like to introduce you to the Kyoto Imperial Palace located in the center of Kyoto City.

The Kyoto Imperial Palace (Kyoto Gosho) was the residence of the Japanese emperors until 1869, when the capital was moved to Tokyo during the Meiji Restoration. The history of the Kyoto Imperial Palace can be traced back to the late 8th century when Emperor Kanmu moved the capital from Heijo-kyo (Nara) to Nagaoka-kyo in 784, and then to Heian-kyo (Kyoto) in 794.


Did you know that you can visit the Kyoto Imperial Palace for free?

Today, I would like to introduce a little inside.


The first thing you see is the

"Okurumayose (carriage porch)."

This carriage porch was reserved for the exclusive use of high-ranking courtiers when they attended court rituals or had an audience with the emperor.


Shodaibunoma (waiting room):

The waiting rooms are also divided into rooms based on social status, and the further you go to the right towards the building, the higher the social status. There are the “Room of Tigers,” “Room of the Cranes,” and “Room of the Cherry Blossoms,” named after the paintings that adorn the sliding doors of each of the rooms.


Seiryoden (Hall for Ceremonies):

The Seiryoden was the living quarters of the emperor starting from the 10th century. Important religious observances and political affairs were also conducted here.


There are about 13 other places you can visit, and you can enjoy a very worthwhile visit.

Guides are available in English depending on the time.
You can also download an audio guide app at the rest area, so please use that.

Please stop by the Kyoto Imperial Palace when you come to Kyoto.
Have a nice trip in Kyoto!