Katsura Rikyu was once a villa belonging to the royal family. The spacious garden and the buildings scattered throughout it blend perfectly to form a beautiful scene. The German architect Bruno Taut expressed great admiration for Katsura Rikyu. In earlier days, visitors viewed the scenery of the spacious pond, with its islands of various sizes, from a boat. This is why the bridges spanning the pond are arched to enable the passing of boats. These days, visitors can enjoy the garden while walking around the pond. The perimeter of the pond, the seven buildings standing on islands in the pond, and an artificial hill known as a tsukiyama form a superb composition. Care has been given to make even the smallest of items such as the paving stones and stone lanterns both practical and beautiful. Katsura Rikyu offers many locations of interest, and visitors will discover new things each time they visit. Prior permission is required to visit the garden, obtainable by filing an application with the Kyoto office of the Imperial Household Agency.
Address: Katsura misono, Nishikyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
Admission Fee: Free (Advanced reservations are required)
the third Saturday in Jan., Feb., June, July,Aug.,Sep., Dec.
[Rail]JR Kyoto Stn./Kyoto Shiei Subway Karasuma Line/4-min. ride/Hankyu Karasuma Stn./Hankyu Kyoto Line/10-min. ride/Katsura Stn./20-min. walk