Monday, August 6, 2012
Katsura Imperial Villa Garden
Seeing this place is not easy. You must make reservations for a limited number of tours that are given by the Imperial Household Agency. The tours last about one hour, and are in Japanese. You don't speak Japanese? That's okay. You can get an English audio guide. They are very strict about following the rules - you must stay with the group on the path, and you are only allowed to take pictures at designated areas.
That said, the garden is really lovely. Vistors will see a pond, bamboo, four tea houses, and a lovely arched wooden bridge called a "Dobashi."
The agency is open Monday - Friday from 8:45 - 12:00 and 1:00- 5:00 PM. Tours are are held during these times, but you may be able to get a Saturday tour. No tours are ever given on Sunday.