Another Visit to the Shugakuin Imperial Villa in Northeastern Kyoto

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Shugakuin Imperial Villa (修学院離宮)
Kyoto, Japan

Last month, as Kyoto's fall foliage season was just ramping up, I made my second (or third?) visit to one of the Japanese Emperor's estates in Kyoto, the Shugakuin Imperial Villa (修学院離宮).

The villa can be visited only by reservation, and the online reservation system is generally completely booked for the entire three months ahead that it has available. However, it's substantially easier for foreigners (non-Japanese citizens) to make a reservation in person at the Imperial Household Agency office in Kyoto; Kobe cycling friend Adrian took advantage of that, and kindly included me in his reservation.

I've posted about this place before, in My First Visit To Kyoto’s Shugakuin Imperial Villa, and its followups part one and part two (and a bonus boat).


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Gathering

Visits are via tours that are tightly controlled, chaperoned by (plain-clothed) Imperial police officers.

a wall and gate, at the Shugakuin Imperial Villa (修学院離宮) in Kyoto Japan
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Narrow Path

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Old (Famous?) Art

The tour was conducted by a man who had just returned to this property after many decades away; he had given tours ~30 years ago when he was younger, but had been transferred to Tokyo in between. He seemed to be quite knowledgeable and very witty, as he often held the group in rapt attention, or had them laughing.

The tour visits many small buildings on the property, and he described their history and special features. I didn't pay too much attention, as I was interested mostly in just taking pretty or interesting photos.


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I Love This
kind of construction

One never wants raw wood touching the ground, as that invites pests and rot. The design of the stone base allows for the wooden pillar to be replaced if needed, but holds it tight in all dimensions. I just love this.


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Tree-lined Path
the line of green trees below center line a path; the green seems to glow

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Tour

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Another Building

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Between Buildings

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Leading the Way

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View of Northern Kyoto

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Imperial Pond

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Bridge
A lady in kimono among autumn colors, at the Shugakuin Imperial Villa (修学院離宮) in Kyoto, Japan
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Photographing the Bridge
from a smaller bridge
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Bridge
from another angle
The golden bird ornament atop the bridge at the Shugakuin Imperial Villa (修学院離宮) in Kyoto, Japan
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Golden Bird With Flower
atop the bridge
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Another Tea House
damaged by a recent supertyphoon
a tea house at the Shugakuin Imperial Villa (修学院離宮), Kyoto Japan
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Inside the House
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To be continued...


All 2 comments so far, oldest first...

These pictures are lacking in red hats 😉 We’ll have to try to book some visits in the winter for snow…

— comment by Damien on December 9th, 2018 at 11:11pm JST (1 day, 12 hours ago) comment permalink

Enjoyed seeing the fall colors, and admire your ability to capture it while being hustled along by the tour.

— comment by Tom in SF on December 10th, 2018 at 2:52am JST (1 day, 8 hours ago) comment permalink
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