Kyoto Imperial Palace and other Imperial Villas in Kyoto

Photo (The Katsura Imperial Villa)

Photo Description
Miyukimon Gate
Miyukimon Gate
The original Miyukimon Gate was built on the occasion of the visit of the retired Emperor Gomizuno-o in the mid-17th century. The present gate was rebuilt in the 18th century. The roof is thatched with reeds, and the posts are trunks of a kind of cork tree called abemaki.
Miyukimichi Lane
Miyukimichi Lane
Miyukimichi Lane is paved with small stones. As those stones look like hailstones, the lane is called “Ararekoboshi (scattered hailstones)”.
Sotokoshikake
Sotokoshikake Outdoor Bench
Sotokoshikake is an arbor with a thatched roof and was used as a waiting place for tea ceremony at the Shokintei tea pavilion. “Sunasettin” (sand toilet) is situated on the corner.
Suhama
Suhama
There are many flat stones paved onto the Suhama shore, which juts out into pond, likening the shore to cape facing the sea, with a lantern representing a light house on the cape.
Stone Bridge
Stone Bridge
The bridge, also called Shirakawa Bashi Bridge, connects to the Shokintei.
Shokintei
Shokintei
Shokintei is the most prestigious tea pavilion in the Villa. The thatched roof is in the Irimoya (hip and gable roof) style.
The first room of the Shokintei
The first room of the Shokintei
Ichinoma, or the first room, has a indigo and white check-patterned paper on the sliding door and tokonoma (alcove).
Shokatei
Shokatei
Shokatei which has a thatched and gable roof, is located on the highest point in the villa and is called “Touge-no-chaya”, which means “a tea house on a mountain pass”.
Onrindo
Onrindo
With a pyramidal tiled roof, this is a pavilion in which a statue of Kannon Bodhisattva and an image of Hosokawa Yusai had been enshrined initially. Later, the ancestral mortuary tablets and the portraits of the successive princes of the family were also enshrined here. However, only the structure remains today.
Shoiken
Shoiken
Shoiken is a large tea pavilion, was designed to resemble a farm house with a thatched roof combined with a shingled lean-to-roof.
Gepparo
Gepparo
Gepparo means “Pavilion of the Moon and Ripples”. As the name implies, the Gepparo, facing the pond, is the pavilion where visitors used to enjoy viewing the moon and the reflection of the moon on the pond.
Shoin
Shoin
Shoin is the main building in the Katsura Imperial Villa. Koshoin (Old Shoin Palace), Chushoin (Middle Shoin Palace) and Shingoten (New Palace) are arranged in a diagonal and staggered line like a flock of geese in flight. The moon viewing veranda is attached to the Koshoin.
Tsukimidai, the moon-viewing balcony
Tsukimidai, the moon-viewing veranda
The veranda, which juts out like a stage, was for a moon viewing. The platform of the veranda is made of bamboo.
Tsukimidai, the moon-viewing balcony
Sumiyoshi Pine Tree
This pine tree acts as a screen that blocks a long-range view of the garden.
Hogaki Fence
Hogaki Fence
Hogaki Fence is made of big bamboo posts and bamboo twigs which are piled up between those bamboo posts.