Sunday, July 8, 2018

Kyoto Imperial Palace, Japan

We left our hotel in Osaka at 7:30 am and proceeded to Umeda Station. We found Rapid Express Train at second floor platform 2. Don't take the Semi-Exp on platform 3; it will take more time to reach Kawaramachi Station.

From here we boarded the Hankyu Line to Kawaramachi Station in Kyoto. The trip lasted for around 45 minutes. At Karasuma Station we transfered to Karasuma Line and disembarked at Imadegawa Station. The chilly weather was perfect since we have to walk for 10 minutes from the station up to the palace.

The entire trip was pretty easy and convenient since we're able to use our ICOCA card for Hankyu line; fare was 800 Yen each.

Upon arriving at the palace, it seemed we were transported to the past. The palace is enclosed with long walls with several huge gates. And as expected, the gardens inside the palace are truly amazing and indescribable.

After security check we were asked to wear a lanyard while inside the compound. We explored the place on our own though we noticed some guided and group tours.

Be aware though that you cannot enter any wooden structures or buildings. Nevertheless, the old and massive wooden structures were a sight to behold for any foreigners.

The ground is mostly covered with gravel so avoid any fancy footwear. Since there were less crowds during our visit, we had good opportunity for selfies while having a peaceful stroll.

We stayed and enjoyed the place for a couple of hours.

Admission is free.

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