Kyoto Imperial Palace

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The Kyoto Imperial Palace is the former ruling palace of the Emperor of Japan. Since the Meiji Restoration in 1869, the Emperors have resided at the Tokyo Imperial Palace, while the preservation of the Kyoto Imperial Palace was ordered in 1877. [Wikipedia]

Overview

Address

3 Kyotogyoen, Kamigyo Ward, Kyoto (Directions)

Phone Number

075-211-1215

Website

https://sankan.kunaicho.go.jp/english/guide/kyoto.html

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