The Kyoto Imperial Palace (京都 御所, Kyoto Gosho) was the residence of the Japanese imperial family until 1868, when the emperor after the resignation of the last shogun the capital was transferred from Kyoto to the center of Shogun power the city Edo. Simultaneously Edo was renamed Tokyo, meaning as much as eastern capital. Since then Tokio is the capital of Japan.
On the rectangular grounds of the Imperial Palace are also the Sento Imperial Palace (仙洞 御所, Sento Gosho), originally completed for the retired Emperor Go-Mizunoo and Kyoto Imperial Park (京都 御苑, Kyoto Gyoen) designed by the most famous gardener in japanese history.
To visit the palace you have apply to the imperial household office. But make sure, you apply four or six weeks ahead. Therefore I choose an agency tour to get there.
At the gate we had to line up in pairs of two, as you might have done during school. The special guards of the security forces counted the number and let us pass. The time is only 30 minutes for the visit. You have to be on time otherwise the permit is gone.
Our Japanese guide explained to us our route through the outdoor facilities. The group had to stick together closely.
On this quick tour we just get a short sight of the Shinshinden hall sehen, where even the inthronation ceremony of the emporer took place.
This hall is located in a courtyard that is accessible through three gates. The gates are decorated in a bright red.
I was fascinated by the strong ornaments everywhere at the staircase, roof, windows and doors.
Even the roofs are elaborately decorated.
The special peaceful setting of the imperial garden you could only enjoy for a very brief time.
At least we had a chance to see an interior room of the palace with very old wall paintings.
Even it was only limited in time and a short insight, I would recommend to go there.