Kyoto Imperial Palace and other Imperial Villas in Kyoto

Photo (The Kyoto Omiya Imperial Palace/The Kyoto Sento Imperial Palace)

Photo Description
Kitaike Pond
Kitaike Pond
Kitaike Pond (North Pond) initially was the garden of the Omiya Imperial Palace. A crossing canal, constructed in the early 18th century, connects the North and South Ponds.
The landing place on the North Pond
The landing place on the North Pond
Akosegafuchi, Rokumaibashi Bridge
Akosegafuchi, Rokumaibashi Bridge
The Rokumaibashi, which means the bridge of six flat cut stones, crosses over Akosegafuchi pool.
Stone Monument of Kinotsurayuki
Stone Monument of Kinotsurayuki
The monument, built in 1875, stands on the former site of Kinotsurayuki's residence.
Dobashi, the earthen bridge
Dobashi, the earthen bridge
Momijibashi Bridge
Momijibashi Bridge
An earthen bridge, called Momijibashi Bridge (Maple Tree Bridge), connects the North and South Ponds.
Momijiyama,the maple hillock
Momijiyama,the maple hillock
Minamiike Pond
Minamiike Pond
Minamiike Pond (South Pond) contains various elements such as a waterfall, islets, bridges in a various styles, and the Suhama (South Pond Shoreline) which offer highly picturesque scenery in a tranquil atmosphere.
Yatsuhashi Bridge
Yatsuhashi Bridge
The path crosses the South Pond via this Yatsuhashi Bridge (zigzag bridge) covered by a wisteria trellis.
Seikatei
Seikatei
Seikatei is a shingle-roofed tea pavilion situated in the south end of the South Pond. The name of “Seikatei” is derived from a poem written by a Chinese famous poet, Li Bo of Tang dynasty.
Suhama Shore
Suhama Shore
Suhama is the South Pond shore which consists of a pebbled beach created from stones nearly identical in size and shape (flat and oval stones). The stone is called “Isshouseki” because it is said that each stone was exchanged with one sho (about 1.8 litres) rice.
Yushintei
Yushintei
Yushintei is a tea pavilion brought from the house of the Konoe family in 1884 to replace the original pavillon “Shishisai” which was lost to fire. To the south of the structure, there is Sotokoshikake outdoor bench covered with a shingled roof. This was used as a waiting place for tea ceremony, located outside of the Chumon Gate.
Sotokoshikake
Sotokoshikake Outdoor Bench