Kyoto Imperial Palace

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Kyoto Imperial Palace

Kyoto Gosho used to be the official residence of Japan's Imperial Family until 1868, when the capital was moved from Kyoto to Tokyo. The Kyoto palace shifted to several locations around the city over the centuries once it burnt down, but it has been located in the Kyoto Imperial Park since 1855. The enthronement ceremonies of Emperors Taisho and Showa were still held in the palace's main hall, but the present Emperor's ceremony took place at the Tokyo Imperial Palace. The palace can be visited only on guided tours held by the Imperial Household Agency. In order to join a tour, you need to apply for permission in advance with your passport at the agency's office in the Kyoto Imperial Park. Reservations over the internet are also possible. Tours are avaliable twice on weekdays and on some Saturdays. Kyoto Imperial Palace can be reached in about 10 minutes from Kyoto Station by the Karasuma Subway Line. Get off at Marutamachi or Imadegawa Station. Imadegawa Station is closer to the agency's office.

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