Japan, Kyoto Guide (B): Kyoto by the Thousands

Kyoto by the Thousands
The prefecture of Kyoto is home to over 1600 Buddhist temples (and 400 Shinto shrines) and in Kyoto I saw not 1000 temples (I don't think I'll ever see all of Kyoto's temples in my lifetime!), but saw...

A Thousand People

Kyoto used to be the capital of Japan and, of course, the emperor had a palace. A visit to Kyoto Imperial Palace wasn't in our original plan because we were not able to book a tour online. When we were already in Kyoto, we heard that it was open to the public for the next two days. And so we went. And a thousand or more people went too.

The palace grounds is huge and there were many buildings (though none could be entered). Since there was no tour guide, we just went where the throng of people went. My regret for this tour is that we didn't have a guide who (or at least an audio guide that) could have told us the significance of each structure around the palace.
Okurumayose, entrance for dignitaries
Kenshun-mon (gate)

Shunko-den (sacred mirror hall) 

Shishin-den (ceremonial hall)

Oikeniwa, pond and garden

Kyoto Imperial Palace

京都御所
9AM to 4PM (5PM from April to August)
Closed on Mondays
Free admission
Free English guided tours at 10AM and 2PM
Audio guide available for free

We visited Kyoto Imperial Palace on November 2015. Seven months later, on July 26, 2016, Kyoto Imperial Palace permanently opened its doors (or should I say gates?) to the public, no prior booking needed!

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Guide Name: Kyoto by the Thousands
Guide Location: Japan » Kyoto
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Sight(s) featured in this guide: Kyoto Imperial Palace   Thousand Statues   Fushimi Inari Taisha  
Author: Mustachio Ventures
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