Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Katsura Imperial Villa Garden


Today's garden is one from Japan.  It's the Katsura Imperial Villa in western Kyoto, Japan.  Completed in 1645, it is the residence of the Katsura family, who are members of Japan's Imperial Family.

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.  Visitors 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 held during these times, but you may be able to get a Saturday tour.  No tours are ever given on Sunday, and I would venture to guess that no tours are being held during the COVID pandemic.

Before I go, I would like to let you know about the release of my latest book, Bubba and Squirt's Mayan Adventure.  I'm on tour with MC Tours for the month of September and October. If you would like to follow along and have a chance to win an autographed copy, you can go here.


  1. If they are touring, I bet the tour group is really, really small...

  2. I remember going to Butchart Gardens and watching the Japanese tourists go crazy, shoving people out of the way for photos, bending flowers to get a better shot, etc. I imagine a strict tour there must be really difficult to manage.

    1. We loved Buchart Gardens when visited a few years ago!

    2. Wow! I would think they'd respect the flora. It surprises me to hear they'd contort flowers to get a better shot.

  3. These gardens sound lovely. If nothing else, folks there wear their masks - they can follow instructions!

  4. Hi Sherry - sadly I'm not likely to go to Japan in the near future - but I'd love to know more about their history and culture. These gardens I imagine are amazing ... and as Diane says above - the Japanese loved Butchart Gardens. Take care and good luck with Bubba and Squirt ... Hilary

    1. I'm writing another Bubba and Squirt story set in Japan. It's interesting to learn about their culture.

  5. That must must be one of the oldest gardens! Good luck with the book and the tour!
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  6. Hello, Sherry.

    The Katsura Imperial Garden is beautiful and I am also sure that during this pandemic the park has not yet been opened to tourists because of the strict regulations there.

    Have a nice day.

  7. Everything looking very nice! Thanks for sharing! Awesome pics! 👌👌👌 Have a wonderful day my friend! ☀️☀️☀️

  8. I've been to Koyto (a lovely city), but I don't think I made this garden, but I did see a number of gardens and the castle

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