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Kyoto Imperial Palace is open to walk-in visitors all the year round


  • Registrations or any other prior arrangements are not required
  • Admission is free
  • Mondays (If a national holiday falls on a Monday, the Palace is open on the holiday and closed the next day, Tuesday).
  • December 28 - January 4
  • Kyoto Imperial Palace may close unexpectedly due to some reasons such as bad weather conditions, court functions, etc.

※Be sure to check the calendar.


Entrance Gate

Seishomon Gate of the Kyoto Imperial Palace

  • No application (no prior arrangement) required.
  • You and your belongings will be subject to security checks at the entrance gate.
In addition to self-guided visit, free guided tours are available as follows
  • Japanese(4 times) 9:30 10:30 13:30 14:30
  • English (2 times) 10:00 14:00
  • Chinese (2 times) 10:00 14:00
  • If you wish to attend, please be at the visitor's room by the start time.
  • No prior registration is required (free of charge), but this may change in case of overcrowding.
  • For groups, please inquire in advance.
  • The tour takes approximately 50 minutes.
  • Visitors cannot enter the interior of the buildings.

For self-guided visitors, free multi-language (Japanese, English,Chinese, Korean, French, Spanish) audio guide app. is also available.

※Download https://www.kunaicho.go.jp/e-event/app.html

<Please read the notes below>
  • None of the palace buildings can be entered.
  • The Palace may be closed without notice due to sudden scheduling of visit of dignitaries or some other reasons.
  • Pets and large baggage cannot be taken into the Palace.
  • For safety and security reasons, a one-way system operates along the visitor route. Please obey the instruction of staff members of the Palace.
  • The following acts are not permitted; smoking, drinking alcohol, eating, using megaphone, carrying signboard propaganda, bringing drones or other objects that may harm to other visitors.
  • You can take photographs. However, using camera stand or other related equipment for commercial filming are not permitted.
  • Using public transport is recommended because parking facilities for car and bicycle are not available. You are advised to wear comfortable shoes, as the visitor route is covered with gravel stones on the ground.
  • Wheelchairs are available. Please ask our staff for assistance at the entrance.
Information Desk of Kyoto Office of Imperial Household Agency
Phone No. 075-211-1215 E-mail: kyotosankan-info@kunaicho.go.jp
Office opening hours: 8:40 - 17:00
Closed on: Mondays (If a national holiday falls on a Monday, Information Desk is open on Monday and closed on Tuesday), December 28 - January 4.