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Guidelines for visit to Shugakuin Imperial Villa

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Visitors, who wish to visit Shugakuin Imperial Villa are required to apply by the following ways. Please note all the visitors must take part in a Japanese guided tour hosted by the Kyoto Office of the Imperial Household Agency. A multi-language audio guidance (English, Chinese, French, Korean, and Spanish) is available for free of charge. Please be advised that there is a limit on the number of visitors and your application will not be accepted if the maximum number of the visitors has been reached.

Admission is free
Tour schedule & Maximum number of visitors
Shugakuin Imperial Villa 9:00 10:00 11:00 13:30 15:00
 (Duration 80 min.)
Maximum number of visitors; 50 people per tour
 
  • Visitors must be at least 18 years old or older.
  • 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.
  • Presentation of Certificate of Identification is required.
    Closed day
  1) Mondays (on the following day if it falls on a public holiday)
  2) New Year holidays (December 28 - January 4).
  3) 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.
    • 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 Sento, Katsura or Shugakuin is ensured.

    2) In person at the Kyoto Office of the Imperial Household Agency
    • You may apply from three months in advance on 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 to November 20 (if they are still available). Please note 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), and New Year holidays (December 28 - January 4).

    3) Same day application in person at Shugakuin Imperial Villa.
    • Reception starts at 11:00 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.
    • Time schedule and the capacity (for the same-day application)
      Shugakuin 13:30 (35 people) 15:00 (35persons)

  • For further 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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