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Katsura Imperial Villa : Guidelines for application to visit


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Guidelines for visit to Katsura Imperial Villa
If you wish to visit the Villa from November 1, 2018
please read this guidelines

Visitors who wish to visit the Katsura Imperial Villa are required to apply by the following ways.
Please note all the visitors must take part in a tour hosted by the Kyoto Office of the Imperial Household Agency.
You can choose an English guided tour or a Japanese guided tour. If you choose a Japanese guided tour, a multi-language audio guidance (English, Chinese, French, Korean, and Spanish) is available for free of charge. Please note, if you choose an English guided tour, an audio guidance will not be provided. Your application will not be accepted if the maximum number of visitors has been reached.

From November 1, 2018
the number of tours is increased and the admission is charged
  Language Tour schedule and maximum number of visitors Total
9:00 10:00 11:00 12:00 13:00 14:00 15:00 16:00
Advance
application
Japanese 20 40 20 40 20 40 20 40 240
English 20 - 20 - 20 - 20 20 100
The same day
application
Japanese 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 - 140
Total 60 60 60 60 60 60 60 60 480
 
  • Visitors must be at least 12 years old (junior high school age) or older.
  • Admission fee is charged as follows.
    • 18 years old or older: 1,000 yen
    • 12 years old - 17 years old: admission free
    • Visitor who has physical disability certificate: admission free (One attendant who assists the visitor : admission free.)
    • The admission will be charged at the reception of the villa. Payment in cash only. Credit cards and other digital money cards are not accepted.
    • The admission is non-refundable.
    • We are not responsible for any injuries sustained during the tour.
    • Presentation of certificate of identification is required.
  • Main applicant may add up to 3 accompanying people. A maximum of 4 people including the main applicant may apply at one time if there is an opening.
  • Main applicant must apply in person. Proxy application is not acceptable.
  • The tour schedule is subject to change without notice
    Closed day
  • Mondays (on the following day if it falls on a public holiday)
  • New Year holidays (December 28 - January 4).
  • Any other days when some other events are held.
    How to apply
  • Advance application
    1) Online
    • You may apply three months in advance from the first day of that month until the day before your desired date. Example: If your desired date is November 21, you may apply from August 1.
    • Please be sure to enter all the required information completely. If your information is incomplete, your application will be automatically rejected by our lottery system.
    • If you wish to join an English guided tour, please choose the time slot for an English guided tour.
      9:20    11:20    13:20    15:20    16:20
    • If you wish to use multi-language audio guidance (English, Chinese, French, Spanish, and Korean), please choose the time slot for a Japanese guided tour.
      9:00    10:00    11:00    12:00    13:00    14:00    15:00    16:00
    • On "Confirmation of your application" process, once you confirm your data, please do not forget to click "Apply" button, then your application number (12 digit number) will be displayed. And you must wait for the result of the lottery, which will be e-mailed to you within a few days. If you are selected, a 9 digit permit number will be sent to you. With this permit number, your entry to the villa is ensured.

    2) In person at the Kyoto Office of the Imperial Household Agency
    • You may apply three months in advance from the first day of that month until one day before your desired date. Example: If your desired date is November 21, you may apply from August 1 to November 20 (if they are still available).
    • Your application will not be accepted if the maximum number of visitors has been reached.
    • Application form requires every member's information: full name, passport number, age, gender, and nationality.
    • Presentation of certificate is required.
    • The office is open from 8:40 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Closed on Mondays (on the following day if it falls on a public holiday), the year-end and New Year holidays (December 28 - January 4).

    3) Same day application (only for Japanese guided tour) in person at Katsura Imperial Villa
    • Reception starts at 8:40 AM.
    • On a first-come-first served basis. Your application will not be accepted if the maximum number of visitors has been reached.
    • Application form requires every member's information: full name, passport number, age, gender, and nationality.
    • Presentation of certificate is required.
    • Same day application covers only Japanese guided tours as follows.
        Japanese guided tour
      9:00    10:00    11:00    12:00    13:00    14:00    15:00   
        Maximum number 20 people per tour. Total 140 people

  • Inquiries
    Contact: The Kyoto Office of Imperial Household Agency
      Tel : 075 211 1215    e-mail : kyotosankan-info@kunaicho.go.jp
      Office working hours: 8:40-17:00
      Closed on Mondays (on the following day if it falls on a public holiday), and New Year Holidays (December 28-January4).
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