Shugaku-in Imperial Villa

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Shugaku-in Imperial Villa

Shugaku-in Imperial Villa is a set of gardens and outbuildings in Sakyo-ku, Northwest Kyoto. It was built in the 17th century by Emperor Gomizuno and is now managed by the Imperial Household Agency. Its area is over 540,000 m2. It consists of the Upper, Middle and Lower Villa areas, each featuring gardens and buildings of the traditional imperial style. The area is vast, so you don’t really feel you are in the city of Kyoto. Traditional teahouses blend perfectly into the surrounding nature, and the garden really looks like a piece of art.

Since it is managed by the Imperial Household Agency, reservation in advance is required. You can apply for reservations via Internet (Japanese only). The tours are held in Japanese; however, there is an English sound audio guide. You have to be above 18 to apply and the applications from tour agents are not accepted.


20 minutes from Shudoin Station on Eizan Railway. 15 minutes from Shugakuin Rikyudo bus stop on Kyoto City Bus.

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Sights Shugaku-in Imperial Villa (修学院離宮)
Address Shugakuinyabusoe, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
Phone / Fax Phone: 075-211-1215
Duration 90Minutes
Closed dates Saturday Sunday Public holidays Specific dates NEW YEAR'S HOLIDAY
Admission Fee Free admission
Recommended Season
Spring (March - May)
Summer (June - August) Autumn (September - November) Winter (December - February)
Recommended target Family Couples Groups Adult (ages 20+) Single traveller

Map: Shugaku-in Imperial Villa