The clam gate of the Kyoto Imperial Palace is an important historical site. At the end of the Edo Period (Tokugawa Shogunate) in Japan, the incident of July 19 (August 20, 1864) in the first year of Emperor Motoji (old calendar), also known as the change of the clam, the change of the forbidden gate is here .Outside the clam gate is the Kyoto Garden Palace Hotel (Kyoto Garden Palace Hotel).
The Kyoto Imperial Palace is an imperial garden with a huge area. The Imperial Palace is the residence of the Emperor of Japan. You can also visit the Imperial Palace. There are police guards around the Imperial Palace. The Royal Garden is an open garden that anyone can enter.
We booked in advance and were provided free of charge with a guided tour, with audio, of this beautiful and hostoric location
Lucky us, we caught the Cherry Blossoms in full bloom. So beautiful to see the patches of pink exploding throughout the city.
A stunning cultural treasure — The palace is built within rammed-earth walls (tsuijibei) and has served as the imperial residence for more than 500 years! Centuries of architectural transitions can be observed through the several distinctive buildings inside the complex including the Okurumayose, Shodaibu-no-Ma, Shinmikurumayose, Shishinden, Seiryoden, Kogosho,Oikeniwa, Ogakumonjo, Otsunegoten, Gonaitei, Kogogu Tsunegoten, higyosha, Genkimon Gate, Sakuheimon Gate, Wakamiya/Himemiya Goten. Apparently, November is the only month open to visitors, hence extremely crowded.
Lovely park, very big and peaceful. Not really what I would think of when I hear 'palace', but still worth a visit.