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KYoto Imperial Palace tour

  • March 19-2010
  • Chikako Takemoto
  • Kyoto

It is so chilly today..

I took Jane and Steve to the English tour of Imperial Palace.

The tour started at 10am. I surprised a lot of tourists(about 70 people) joined the tour in this cold season.

It was the first visit to palace for me, because Japanese people have only two chances to see the palace a year. It is held in spring and autumn, very busy season, so I couldn’t come actually.

The architecture, garden and interior of palace are super stylish, and more chic than I expected.

This is Wabi-sabi style.

The culture of Japanese architecture is said to one of the most developed group in the world.

I really think so. (I know that Kyoto downtown has not been maintained to be beauty, Kyoto people seem to forget their senses of beauty.. it’s so sad..)

Steve, who is a great writer of journal Kyoto, will write about this tour and palace in the February issue.

I’d like to introduce how to apply the tour ;

1, You apply for the permission at the Imperial Household Agency Kyoto Office.

(located on the northwest side of the palace ground)

2, You present your own original passport or alien registration card. Photocopy will not be accepted.

3, You complete the application form which will be issued at the office.

4, No application fee. No admission charge.

( Your application will be accepted 3 months prior to the expected date of visit.)

5, Office can not accept the application by phone or e-mail.

Tour details ;

Tour schedule : 10:00 & 14:00 on weekdays (English guided), closed from December 28th to January 4th.

Minors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult (20 years old or above)

A maximum of 9 persons in one group may apply for the permission.

(Office Hours : 8:45~noon, 13:00~17:00 on weekdays, phone:075-211-1215 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              075-211-1215      end_of_the_skype_highlighting)

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