On another day during our Kyoto visit, we set out to visit the Kyoto Imperial Palace, but what we didn’t realise is that we needed to book a tour in advance. We had arrived too late in the day to get on the last tour, so had to come back the next day (so if you’re planning on going, don’t repeat our mistake!). Oh, and you’ll need to take your passport!
The palace is set in the Imperial Palace Gardens, which I thought would be a huge lush green open park, but in actual fact is mostly made up of really long gravel paths and tall walls blocking the palace from view.
On arriving at our designated timeslot and being a little intimidated by the stern-looking guards on the gate, I was pleasantly surprised to find that they were actually really polite and friendly and welcomed us inside for our tour.
I’ll just leave the photos of our tour here, and won’t try to educate any further 😉 If you’re interested in reading up on the Kyoto Imperial Palace, I would suggest perhaps reading the Wikipedia article. It is, however, a stunning collection of buildings and gardens. Also, the day we went was very hot (which was awesome)!