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Kyoto Imperial Palace is open to visitors all year around
Admission free. No application required.


Opening hours
  September & March 9:00 - 15:50 (Last admission) 16:30 (Closing time)
  October - February 9:00 - 15:20 (Last admission) 16:00 (Closing time)
  April - August 9:00 - 16:20 (Last admission) 17:00 (Closing time)
Closed
 
  • Mondays (If a national holiday falls on Monday, the Palace is open on the holiday and closed the next day, Tuesday).
  • December 28 – January 4
Opening arrangements may be subject to change at short notice due to Imperial Court event or any other operational reasons.

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Entrance Gate
  Seishomon Gate of the Kyoto Imperial Palace
Access  http://sankan.kunaicho.go.jp/english/guide/access_map_kyoto.html
 
  • No application required.
  • You and your belongings will be subject to security checks at the entry gate.
Free guided tours are scheduled as follows
  Japanese 9:30 10:30 13:30 14:30
  English 10:00 14:00    
  Chinese 10:00 14:00    
 
  • Anyone can participate in the tour for free. No registration required.
  • If you wish to participate in the tour, please come to the Visitors Room on the right of the entrance before the tour starts.
  • The duration of the tour is approximately 50 min.
  • Please note that the tours may be subject to change or last minute cancellation.
Please read the notes below
 
  • The Palace may be closed without notice due to sudden scheduling of visit of dignitaries or some other reasons.
  • Pets and large baggage cannot be taken into the Palace.
  • For safety and security reasons, a one-way system operates along the visitor route. Please obey the instruction of staff members of the Palace.
  • The following acts are not permitted; smoking, eating, using megaphone, carrying signboard propaganda, bringing drones or other objects that may harm to other visitors.
  • You can take photographs. However, using camera stand or other related equipment for commercial filming are not allowed.
  • Using public transport is recommended because parking facilities for car and bicycle are not available.
  • You are advised to wear comfortable shoes, as the visitor route is covered with gravel stones on the ground.
  • Wheelchairs are available. Please ask our staff for assistance at the entrance.
Contact
  Information Desk of Kyoto Office of Imperial Household Agency
Phone No. 075-211-1215    E-mail: kyotosankan-info@kunaicho.go.jp
Office opening hours: 8:40 - 17:00
Closed on: Mondays (If a national holiday falls on Monday, Information Desk is open on Monday and closed on Tuesdays), December 28 - January 4.
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