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Kyoto Imperial Palace

The Kyoto Imperial Palace is the Emperors home in Kyoto, although most of the time now-a-days he lives at the Tokyo Imperial Palace. Before the Meiji Restoration (1868) this palace was main palace for the imperial family.

The easiest way to get to the Kyoto Imperial Palace is via Imadegawa Station on the Kyoto Subway Karasuma Line. While you can freely enter the surrounding park, to see the Palace you must apply for a tour at the Imperial Household Agency office or come on one of the two open days every year.

The Lonely Planet Kyoto Guide book rates the Kyoto Imperial Palace Park as one of the top five sites in Kyoto.

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Outside the Palace
Outside the Palace
That's not an English Flag!
That's not an English Flag!
Through the gate
Through the gate
Pretty Photographer
Pretty Photographer
Detail of Corner of Roof
Detail of Corner of Roof
Spotted a couple of gaijin
Spotted a couple of gaijin
Roof Detail
Roof Detail
Lots of Orange
Lots of Orange
Looking Through
Looking Through
Beauty in the crowds
Beauty in the crowds
An old building no one seemed interested in
An old building no one seemed interested in
Imperial Guard
Imperial Guard
The Emperors Throne
The Emperors Throne
The Throne Room
The Throne Room
Beautiful Tiles
Beautiful Tiles
Roof and Trees
Roof and Trees
Imperial Garden
Imperial Garden
Picnic at the palace park
Picnic at the palace park
Under a spreading tree
Under a spreading tree
Ladies in Kimono
Ladies in Kimono