Kyōtogosho (Kyoto Imperial Palace)

  • Address: Kyōto Gyoen-nai, Kamigyō-ku, Kyoto City
    ( rough location)

Kyoto Imperial Palace, many times burned down since the relocation of the palace from Nara to Kyoto in 794, is now situated about two kilometers east of the original location.Even though the existing constructions were rebuilt in 1855, they make us imagine the lives of the emperors and the aristocrats of the olden times.Reservations are necessary for the visits.
The procession of the Aoi Festival, which is held every 15 May, starts from here.






Gishūmon - gate for the court nobles




Gishūmon - seen from behind




Preparations for the Aoi Festival - 1 (taken 2015.5.13)




Preparations for the Aoi Festival - 2 (taken 2015.5.13)




Preparations for the Aoi Festival - 3 (taken 2015.5.13)




Shishinden - Main building of the palace




Shishinden - seen from behind




Seiryōden - where the emperor's daily life unfolded




Garden of "Kemari"
Kemari, sort of football enjoyed by nobles in ancient Japan




Interesting fence




Oikeniwa garden - 1




Oikeniwa garden - 2




Oikeniwa garden - 3




Otsune-goten




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