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Imperial Palace District

Kyoto Imperial Palace, which was the residence of the Imperial Family until the capital was moved to Tokyo in 1869, is located in Kyoto Gyoen Park. Within the Imperial Palace grounds, which are enclosed by a roofed earthen wall, are the Seiryo-den (Palace Hall) and the Kyogosho (Minor Palace), which are highly reminiscent of this dynastic age.Other than five days during spring and fall when the Imperial Palace is open to the general public, you must apply in advance to receive permission to view the palace. The Imperial Household Agency, located inside the walled park surrounding the palace, controls entry to the Palace.
Imperial Palace
The Sento Imperial Palace located in Kyoto Gyoen (Kyoto Imperial Park) was built as the residence for retired Emperor Go-mizunoo in 1630. Although the palace was burned down and rebuilt again and again, only its gardens and teahouses remain today. The garden was designed by renowned architect Kobori Enshu in the Round-the-Pond-style Garden and has seasonal changes in the scenery. Visitors should book in advance and can apply online at the following site: http://sankan.kunaicho.go.jp/english/index.html
Shimogamo-jinja Shrine, also known as Kamomioya-jinja Shrine, is the family shrine of the Kamo clan, who inhabited this area before the transfer of the capital to Kyoto. Shimogamo-jinja Shrine nestles between the fork of the Kamogawa and Takanogawa rivers and is surrounded by a shady path through an old scenic forest. With the rivers on both sides, and with several small streams flowing through the grounds, Shimogamo is refreshingly cool in summer, and many people stroll there day and night to enjoy the peaceful surroundings and the rich atmosphere of mystical purity.
This temple was converted from a Fujiwara villa into a Buddhist temple in 1052. The "Phoenix Hall" (Houou-do), more properly known as the Amida-do, was built in 1053 and is the only original building remaining.The main hall of Byodo-in Temple was built to emulate Buddha's palace in paradise, and the temple is indeed otherworldly. Its graceful lines and warm colors give the building the appearance of a majestic bird spreading its wings. It is popularly known as the "Phoenix Hall," and when seen with its reflection on the large pond in front, it almost appears to be gliding above the earth. This view is one of the most famous scenes in Japan, and is replicated on back of the 10 yen coin.
Heian-jingu Shrine is a relatively recent addition to Kyoto's collection of sacred places, but is still a very impressive shrine which features elegant, richly-colored buildings surrounded by large gardens in the four cardinal directions. Built in 1895 to commemorate the 1100th anniversary of the founding of Heian Kyo (Kyoto), and dedicated to the Emperors Kammu and Komei, the first and last Emperors to rule Kyoto, the buildings are a partial replica of the Imperial Palace of the Heian Period (794-1185). The vermillion-lacquered Otenmon Gate and Daigoku-den (main hall) are especially beautiful. The gardens are representative of Meiji Period garden design, and have a rich variety of flowers that change with the four seasons.

177 hotels with availability near Kyoto Imperial Palace

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Kyoto Brighton Hotel
Awarded four pavilions in the Kyoto hotel section of the “Michelin Guide to Kansai 2015”, Kyoto Brighton Hotelguarantees guests with the most comfortable stay. This luxury class hotel is situated in a scenic area on the west of the Nakadachiuri Gate of Kyoto Imperial Palace. 

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naokonoza Bettei Kyoto Station
Naokonoza Bettei Kyoto Station is a 3-bedroom Japanese-style townhouse featuring tatami (woven-straw) flooring and traditional Japanese-style futon bedding. The property offers a relaxing ambience, free WiFi and is located a 5-minute walk away from JR Kyoto Train/Shinkansen Station. The 2-storey, non-smoking townhouse of Bettei Kyoto Station Naokonoza is fitted with a flat-screen TV and an en suite bathroom with a bath, free toiletries and a hairdryer. Rooms are fully equipped with air conditioning/heating, a kitchenette with a microwave, a refrigerator and kitchenware.

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Hostel Haruya Terrace
Naokonoza Bettei Kyoto Station is a 3-bedroom Japanese-style townhouse featuring tatami (woven-straw) flooring and traditional Japanese-style futon bedding. The property offers a relaxing ambience, free WiFi and is located a 5-minute walk away from JR Kyoto Train/Shinkansen Station. The 2-storey, non-smoking townhouse of Bettei Kyoto Station Naokonoza is fitted with a flat-screen TV and an en suite bathroom with a bath, free toiletries and a hairdryer. Rooms are fully equipped with air conditioning/heating, a kitchenette with a microwave, a refrigerator and kitchenware.

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