Friday, December 28, 2012

2012 Nov: Kyoto: Imperial Palace

Beautiful ginkgo tree taken from the guided bus tour while going to the Imperial Palace.

The Kyoto Imperial Palace (京都御所, Kyōto Gosho) used to be the residence of Japan's Imperial Family until 1868, when the emperor and capital were moved from Kyoto to Tokyo.

Kyoto Imperial Palace is the last stop for the Kyoto morning tour.  It is good to join on a tour since the palace has exclusive compound that can only be accessed if you are part of an organized group.  We’re always being reminded by our guide that we should stay on our line.  Although, none of the buildings can be entered, perhaps they are just protecting the area.

Top of the entrance gate (Okurumayouse) for official visits by courtiers who had been granted permission to enter the Palace precincts.

If the palace is for the emperor the roof are designed with 16-petal flower

Oikeniwa Garden, another Japanese garden with its main elements: water, huge stones, and variety of trees

Ogakumunjo - used by the emperor to study politics and poetry readings

How to go to Imperial Palace