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I fell in love with Kyoto Imperial Palace Grounds. I so love all the trees especially those century old trees inside the palace ground. I am a tree hugger and this place is heaven on earth!

We were literally shivering while walking because of the cold wind. The pavement need some improvement because it is full of small rocks. Senior citizens and pwd should be provided with some sort of transportation by the Japanese government. Peace! 

So, if you will visit the Kyoto Imperial palace please come prepared and gear up, lace up your walking shoes, embrace the spirit of exploration, and embark on a journey through the Kyoto Imperial Palace grounds. You'll be rewarded with a unique blend of history, architecture, and natural beauty that will leave a lasting impression.

Kyoto Gyoen: More Than Just a Palace (My Unexpected Adventure)

Let's be honest, Kyoto is overflowing with stunning temples and picture-perfect gardens. So when I was planning my trip, the Kyoto Imperial Palace wasn't exactly at the top of my list. "Another palace?" I thought. Boy, was I wrong!

The minute I stepped through the gates of Kyoto Gyoen, a wave of tranquility washed over me. Sure, there's the grand Imperial Palace itself, which you can only see on a tour (definitely booking that next time!), but the surrounding park is what truly stole my heart.

A Park Steeped in History

I wandered along the pathways, each turn revealing a new surprise. One moment I'd be marveling at the ancient Sento Imperial Palace, the next I'd stumble upon a hidden grove teeming with life. Everywhere I looked, history whispered from the moss-covered stones and the meticulously raked gravel.

Finding Serenity in the Gardens

The gardens were pure magic. The Oikeniwa, with its still pond reflecting the sky, felt like a scene straight out of a painting. The Gonaitei, with its perfectly sculpted trees and vibrant koi, offered a moment of pure zen. I spent hours simply meandering through the greenery, breathing in the fresh air and feeling the weight of the city melt away.

A Touch of the Unexpected

Then, there was the Kemari-no-niwa. Imagine my surprise when I stumbled upon a field dedicated to an ancient Japanese "football" game! The thought of emperors kicking around a leather ball cracked me up, but it also offered a fascinating glimpse into a bygone era.

More Than Just a Palace Grounds

The Kyoto Imperial Palace grounds became so much more than just a palace visit for me. It was a journey through time, a haven of peace, and a reminder of the beauty that lies hidden in unexpected places.

Pro-Tip: Pack a picnic lunch! There are plenty of charming spots within the park to spread out a blanket and enjoy a delicious meal surrounded by nature.

So, if you're planning a trip to Kyoto, don't underestimate the magic of the Kyoto Imperial Palace grounds. It might just surprise you!



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