As the largest Imperial villa in Kyoto, Shugakuin has an excellent view over Kyoto throughout the year. Designed in the mid-17th century by Emperor Go-Mizunoo himself working together with some of the finest architects and artisans to build a tranquil home to retire.
Said to be one of the finest examples of Japanese architectural and design tradition in its purest form, Katsura Imperial Villa truly is a sight to behold.
Daikakuji is what one would consider “slightly off the beaten path” as although it is located near Kyoto’s popular Arashiyama district, it largely remains unknown.
The temple’s current name, Bishamondo, is derived from the enshrined of a statue of Bishamon, one of the seven gods of good fortune in Japanese lore.
In 1601, when the time of the warring states came to an end as the Tokugawa shogunate united all of Japan under its control on behalf of the Emperor, Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu ordered the construction of Nijo Castle in the imperial capital of Kyoto.
As the autumn equivalent of cherry blossom viewing, the viewing of leafs changing colors to different shades of green, gold and red is one of the Japanese most favorite times of the year.
Kyoto Palace Autumn Opening, a time to admire the amazing architecture and lush gardens hidden within the palace’s walls.