Sento Imperial Palace

Sento Imperial Palace © Iry

History of Sento Imperial Palace

Sento Imperial Palace is the palace of Jyoko (Abdicated Emperors). The Sento Imperial Palace that remains today was built in the Kyoto Gyoen area for Emperor Gomizunoo Jyoko. The official name is Sakuramachiden. There once was an actual palace here but it was destroyed by fire in 1854 and was never rebuilt. Currently, the garden and tea house remain.


As with Kyoto Imperial Palace, Katsura Imperial Villa, and Shugaku-in Imperial Villa, the Imperial Household Agency has jurisdiction over Sento Imperial Palace. Because its ownership is the Imperial Family, visits require reservations. When visiting, please respect the solemn atmosphere. Reservations are accepted 3 months in advance by postcard, at the visitor's information window or online. A clerk acts as your tour guide through the facility, however, audio guide equipment with English narration is available for rental. The facility is usually closed on weekends and holidays, but please check their website as it may be open on certain weekends or holidays.

Beautiful seasonal flowers and plants surround the central pond in the garden. Reservations here are believed to be easier to secure than other locations under the jurisdiction of the Imperial Household Agency.


15 minute walk from Marutamachi Station on the Subway Karasuma Line.

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Description: Sento Imperial Palace

Sights Sento Imperial Palace (仙洞御所)
Address 602-8611 Kyoto, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto Gyoen 3
Phone / Fax Phone: 075-211-1215
Duration 1Hour(s)
Closed dates Saturday Sunday Public holidays Specific dates
Admission Fee Free admission
Corresponding Language English
Recommended Season
Spring (March - May)
Summer (June - August) Autumn (September - November) Winter (December - February)
Recommended target Adult (ages 20+) Single traveller

Map: Sento Imperial Palace