The Shugakuin Imperial Villa was constructed during the mid-seventeenth century in the north-eastern area of Kyoto as a luxury retreat for the Imperial Family. The gardens of the villa are considered to be an example of impeccable Japanese gardening and are thus regarded as one of the country's most valued large-scale cultural treasures. The villa grounds are split into 3 garden areas and stretches across an area of 133 acres, showcasing the magnificence and beauty of its natural splendour, as well as the unique characteristics of early Japanese design and architecture. A special tea pavilion located at the very peak of the garden offers glorious views of the surrounding landscapes and emanates an aura of absolute peace and relaxation.
Free of charge
Tours commence daily at 9:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.
The duration of the tour lasts for about 90 minutes and must be booked in advance.
Adults, Families, Senior Guests, Young Adults
The three villas, the garden features and the Yokuryu Pond
Prayer room facilities at the Shugakuin Imperial Villa will be unavailable. Muslim visitors could go to one of the few mosques in Kyoto city during prayer times. The most prominent mosque in Kyoto is the Kyoto Masjid and can be visited by Muslim travellers.
Halal food at the Shugakuin Imperial Villa will be unavailable. A few places that serve halal food in Kyoto are available for Halal food options. Ajanta is a popular place in Kyoto that serves South Asian Halal cuisine.