The Sento Gosho is a sprawling walled garden with gorgeous ponds and meandering walkways through towering trees and blooming plants of every sort.
Sento Imperial Palace
Located in the lovely Kyoto Imperial Palace Park, the Sento Gosho, which served as the residence of retired emperors during the Edo period, is actually a more appealing destination than the main Kyoto Imperial Palace, especially if you prefer gardens to buildings (only two buildings remain standing in the Sento Gosho. The Sento Gosho is best thought of as a private park within the larger Kyoto Imperial Palace Park. It must be toured as part of a guided tour, for which you must apply, but you can hang back a bit behind the main group and just soak in the green splendor of the place.
Kyoto Gyoen 3, Kamigyo-ku
Guided Tour Hours::
11:00am or 1:30pm
Free, but an application procedure is necessary. For details, see the Admissions section of the Kyoto Imperial Palace page.
Non-smoking area:: Yes
10min walk from Imadegawa Station, Karasuma subway line.
211-1215 (8.45am-noon, 1pm-5pm, Mon-Fri)
Official website (English)
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