Kyoto Gyoen

Area North
Category Park


Kyoto Gyoen (Kyoto Imperial palace park), where the residences of the Imperial family and court nobles in the Edo period (1603 - 1868), is the national garden, located in the heart of Kyoto city. it was established to preserve the Imperial palace after the capital was moved to Tokyo. the palace was turned into a park made open to the general public. it is open to everyone, anytime. now Kyoto Gyoen is designated national garden. the park is spacious, 1.3 kilometers from north to south and 0.7 kilometers from east to west, and known as an urban oasis. the park has wide gravel streets, lawns and abundant trees. in spring, peach branch, plum and cherry trees are bloom. in summer, crape myrtle blossoms are seen everywhere in the park. in autumn, cherry and maple trees leaves changed color.


It is composed of large gravelled garden paths, mud walls, lawns and pineries.




This is Kyoto Imperial Palace located in Kyoto Kyoto Gyoen. The successive Emperors lived here for over 500 years. Visitors can make a field trip without reservation when it is open to the public twice a year; in the spring and autumn. Reservation is required for the field trip at normal times.

Address KyotoGyoen, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto, 602-0881, Japan
Tel 075-211-6348
Open All day
Admission Free
Access 1 minute walk from Subway Marutamachi Station
10 minute walk from Keihan Jingu-Marutamachi Station

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