Shugakuin Imperial Villa in Kyoto is the best place to take a stroll. Its beauty surrounds you with each step you take. The place is a perfect amalgamation of nature and gardens. People all over the world come to the place for relaxing and to bask in the glory of ancient Japanese Tea Gardens, which have been termed as the most beautiful in Japan.
The Villa was constructed by Emperor Gomizunoo and was his retirement palace. Spread over 540, 000 sq. mt., the Shugakuin Imperial Villa has three huge gardens, making the place one of the largest private compounds. Other attractive features of the Villa include an outstanding view of Mt. Kurama and Mt. Atago. However, visitors planning a trip to the destination must bear in mind that reservations through the Imperial Household Agency is required.
Many consider the Shugakuin Imperial Villa a must visit, as it a soothing place where you can relax with you family or friends. Over the years, lots of people have come to the place and it still holds it lure. For foreign tourist the Imperial Household Agency conducts Guided Tours (English Audio Guidance), which adds to its attraction. The Villa is located at 15 mins of walking distance from the Shugakuin-Rikyu-michi Bus Stop or Shugakuin Sta. on Eizan Dentetsu Line therefore, making it easy to reach for anyone.
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