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    If you must visit only one of the two imperial villas in Kyoto the Katsura is the ultimate "must see" in a city full of them.

    Meticulously planned, Katsura is a Japanese masterpiece of residential design and garden landscaping subtlety.

    Every wall in the villa's 7 pavilions is a panel that can be slide open to view the surrounding landscape, including the gardens and also the Arashiyama Hills which are found beyond them.

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    The Furushoin pavilion's verandah is the perfect place for viewing the full moon.
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      • Nishiki Market
        5.66 Km from Katsura Imperial Villa
        Nishiki Market (錦市場, Nishiki Ichiba) (literally "brocade market") is a marketplace in downtown Kyoto, located on a road one block north and parallel to Shijō Street (四条通, Shijō-dōri) and west of Teramachi Street (寺町通, Teramachi-dōri). Rich with history and tradition, the market is renowned as the place to obtain many of Kyoto's famous foods and goods.
      • Seimei Shrine
        6.17 Km from Katsura Imperial Villa
      • Ponto-chō
        6.21 Km from Katsura Imperial Villa
        Ponto-chō (先斗町) is a Hanamachi district in Kyoto, Japan, known for geisha and home to many geisha houses and traditional tea houses. Like Gion, Pontochō is famous for the preservation of forms of traditional architecture and entertainment.
      • Keihan Cable Line
        11.31 Km from Katsura Imperial Villa
      • Iwashimizu Hachimangū
        11.63 Km from Katsura Imperial Villa
        Iwashimizu Hachimangū (石清水八幡宮) is a Shinto shrine in the city of Yawata in Kyoto Prefecture, Japan.
      • Hirakata Park
        20.86 Km from Katsura Imperial Villa
      • Expoland
        25.44 Km from Katsura Imperial Villa
        Expoland, located in Suita, Osaka, Japan, was opened as the amusement zone at the International Exposition in 1970 (Expo '70) and thrived for over 30 years as an amusement park. There were more than 40 rides and attractions, 19 restaurants and shops. On May 5, 2007, a 19-year-old university student from Higashiomi, Shiga was killed and nineteen other guests were injured when the Fujin Raijin II derailed at Expoland. Initial reports said that forty people were injured, with thirty-one being taken...
      • Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum
        31.72 Km from Katsura Imperial Villa
      • Himuro Shrine
        35.31 Km from Katsura Imperial Villa
        Himuro Shrine (氷室神社, Himuro Jinja) is a Shinto shrine in Nara, Nara Prefecture, Japan. It was established in 710. Kami enshrined here include Emperor Nintoku and Nukata no Onakatsuhiko no Mikoto (額田大仲彦命). The shrine's main festival is held annually on October 1.
      • Nara Hotel
        35.65 Km from Katsura Imperial Villa
        Nara Hotel (奈良ホテル) is a five star hotel in Nara, Japan. The hotel is located on the hillside overlooking Nara Park. Opened on October 17, 1909, it is one of the most historic hotels in Japan. It is partially owned by the West Japan Railway Company. In 2009 the first centennial anniversay of the hotel was celebrated.

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      • Toji
        Toji is one of Kyoto's oldest temples and its massive pagoda is the largest in Japan.
        Toji 1 Kujōchō, Minami-ku, Kyōto-shi, Kyōto-fu 601-8473, Japan
      • Nishi Honganji Shoin

        There is a lot to see here in Nishi-Honganji. This is one of the best examples Buddhist monumental architecture in Japan; it combines a heroic, dramatic silhouette and with lavish decoration.

        These 17th-century buildings were constructed with materials brought from Fushimi Castle which was the property of Hideyoshi. This was originally on the southern side of Kyoto and was dismantled by a Tokugawa shogun in the 1630s.

        Nishi Honganji Shoin Monzencho, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 600-8358, Japan
      • 東本願寺
        Higashi- Honganji is part of the headquarters of the Jodo-Shinshu (“Pure Land”) sect.
        東本願寺 Japan, 〒600-8505 Kyōto-fu, Kyōto-shi, Shimogyō-ku, 烏丸通七条上る常葉町754
      • Arashiyama
        When mind and body are ready for a break from the rigors of cultural sightseeing, head down here to the southern resort district of Arashiyama, perched along the Hozu River (or the Oi, as it's also known).
        Arashiyama Genrokuzancho, Ukyō-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 616-0007, Japan
      • Nijo Castle Ninomaru palace
        Nijo Castle is a poignant monument to the ironic twists of history. Built by ieyasu Tokugawa in 1603 for his occasional, reluctant visits to Kyoto (under imperial command), the castle was taken over by the Emperor Meiji after the restoration of 1868. It was here that the emperor signed the edict abolishing the shogunate and sent his carpenters round the castle to replace the Tokugawa hollyhock crest with the imperial chrysanthemum.
        Nijo Castle Ninomaru palace Japan, 〒604-8301 Kyōto-fu, Kyōto-shi, Nakagyō-ku, Nijōjōchō, 二条通堀川西入二条城町541番地
      • Nonomiya Shrine
        The Nonomiya Shrine is located in Arashiyama as is one of a number number of important shrines and temples found in this region.

        It is uniquely renowned for its special role in preparing imperial princesses to serve as vestal virgins at the Grand Shrine of Ise, Japan's most important Shinto shrine.

        The shrine has a prominent role in the Tale of Genii and in a famous noh play (titled simply Nonomiya), and thus attracts people with especial interest in classical Japanese literature.
        Nonomiya Shrine Japan, 〒616-8393 京都府京都市右京区嵯峨野宮町1
      • Shisendo
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        Shisendo Japan, 〒600-8511 Kyōto-fu, Kyōto-shi, Shimogyō-ku, Tachiuri Nishimachi, 下京区四条通高倉西入立売西町79番地 大丸京都店 4F
      • Nishiki Market

        Nishiki Market is ideal if you looking to for a change of pace and frame of mind. 

        This surprising calm and sedate market located along the street is housed under a single roofed arcade.

        Nishiki Market Japan, 〒604-8054 Kyōto-fu, Kyōto-shi, Nakagyō-ku, Higashiuoyachō, 富小路通四条上る西大文字町609番地
      • Ryōan-ji
        Ryoanji is certainly the best known of all Zen Buddhist temples.

        Its famous rock garden has sparked more debates - both admirers and critics - than the fragments of gravel in its rectangular length of 30 m by 10 m (98 ft. By 32 ft).

        There are no tires or bushes. Only 15 bare rocks adorned with ancient moss, forming clusters in the middle of white gravel which is perfectly raked.

        Although generally attributed to the great master Soami, no one knows for sure who created it, or why.

        The mystery surrounding its origins does nothing to undermine the power of its simplicity.

        Interpretation that confuses, personifies the essence of the essentially anti-intellectual precepts of Zen Buddhism.

        Dark islands in the White Sea or mountainous peaks that rise above the clouds: people see what they want to see.

        Arrive early in the morning before the crowds arrive.

        Kyoto doesn't offer any more memorable experiences than this: The isolated contemplation of Ryoanji's enigmatic rock garden.
        Ryōan-ji 13 Ryōanji Goryōnoshitachō, Ukyō-ku, Kyōto-shi, Kyōto-fu 616-8001, Japan
      • Rengeoin Sanjusangendo

        Sanjusangendo known as the "Hall of 33 Bays." The original temple was built in around 1164 and survived only about a hundred years. What you see today is a reconstruction which is still very old as it dates from the thirteenth century.

        Its centrepiece is a ornate wood statue of the seated Kannon Bodhisattva. 3.3 m (11 f0 high, with 11 faces on the crown of its head and 40 arms (extravagantly known as "a thousand arms") wielding bells, wheels, and lotus flowers.

        However Sanjusangendo's main wonder is its legion of 1.000 gilded Kannon images flanking the central Buddha. The identical statues were carved by the 13th-century masters Kokei, Unkei. and Tankei, with 70 assistants.

        Rengeoin Sanjusangendo 657 Sanjūsangendōmawari, Higashiyama-ku, Kyōto-shi, Kyōto-fu 605-0941, Japan

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      Graphic showing average weather in Katsura Imperial Villa in Celcius and Centimeters (Change to Farenheit and Inches)

      Month Temp °C Rainfall Cm Temp °F Rainfall Inches
      Jan 2.5 53.4 36.5 21
      Feb 3.1 70.2 37.6 27.6
      Mar 6.4 105.1 43.5 41.4
      Apr 12.1 138 53.8 54.3
      May 17 129.7 62.6 51.1
      Jun 21.3 219.2 70.3 86.3
      Jul 25.9 174.3 78.6 68.6
      Aug 26.7 128.7 80.1 50.7
      Sep 22.7 198.6 72.9 78.2
      Oct 16.3 140.4 61.3 55.3
      Nov 10.5 81 50.9 31.9
      Dec 5.4 55.3 41.7 21.8

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        • Amazing place. The best garden design i have seen in Japan. Absolutely worth booking a time to visit here if you are travelling in Kyoto. The walk around gives very different atmospheres in the different parts of the garden. The guide was great but he spoke just a little too loudly. Making it very hard to hear our audio guides in English, other than this small issue the trip was perfect. The history of the place is worth briefly reading up on too.
        • One of the prettiest Japanese gardens. Best time to visit is in autumn when all the maple trees are red; however, in order to do so, you need to book the reservation 6 months in advance. The Villa was constructed for moon viewing so a lot of elements there are conductive to that. We visited at 3 pm on a winter day so the sun was setting slightly. The tour is in Japanese but you have to option of getting the English self-guided one.
        • A so beautiful Villa, with a nice parc, place around. The view from the last floor of the Villa is beautiful. Recommended, also for the visit of the Villa & his history
        • Only with tour, which is about everything but not the villa building itself. You also couldn't see the inside (even from the outside), so I was a bit disappointed
        • Very beatiful and delicated emperor's garden. Emperor do not allow kids younger than 18 years old to visit and enjoy his garden. Emperor's wisdon always keeps me impressed!


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