This is big news for anyone coming to Kyoto for sight seeing, as a popular sightseeing spot is becoming more accessible – Kyoto Imperial Palace (and a few more places).
Kyoto Imperial Palace usually requires visitors to make a reservation beforehand and allows only a handful of visitors per day, except for two special events in Spring and Fall.
From July 26th, however, Kyoto Imperial Palace will not require making a reservation. This means many more people can visit this place. In addition, to make it even more accessible, it now opens on weekends and national holidays. Also, its opening hours are being extended to PM 17:00. Note that it closes on Mondays, days when there is an event and New Year Holidays.
Along with the Imperial Palace two imperial villas, Shugakuin Villa and Katsura Villa, will also accept visitors without reservations from August 10th. Nonetheless, it is still better to make a reservation if possible since these two spots limit the number of visitors per day to only 70 and 60 people respectively.
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