Behold the splendor of the Kyoto Imperial Palace as it presents a breathtaking view of royalty from the ancient Japanese imperial dynasties. Recognized as the Palace of Japan, Kyoto Gosho or the Kyoto Imperial Palace represents a major time in Japanese history beginning from the Heiam Period to the time of the Meiji Restoration. Discover this ancient treasure as the grounds are open to the public with tours held by the Imperial Household Agency.
The current Palace which was restored during the year 1855 consists of different structures –the Seiryoden, the Shisinden, the Kogosyo, the Otsunegoten and the Ogakumonjyo–each of which reflects architectural styles of various periods. This palace has been rebuilt on various occasions due to fires that had occurred in the past. Since its first building in 794, it has been re-instated 8 times, 6 of which happened during the Edo Period. In addition, the grounds also contain the Imperial residence, the residence of the retired Emperor and also the Doshisha University.
Located in the Kyoto Gyoen, the main gate of the Palace comprises a cypress-wood roof, which is propped by four pillars. On each side of the gates, there is a cherry tree, which means Sukura is Japanese and a tachinaba tree planted which had become very popular and sacred. On the sides, there is a fence which separated the interior areas from the common Palace grounds. Past the main gate, there is another gate leading to the ‘Hall for State Ceremonies’ or the Shishinden. The venue is used for significant occasions such as the declaration of a Crown prince and the coronation of an Emperor. Also, the place contains a gabled roof, featuring ancient architectural style. Furthermore, the heart of Shishinden is enveloped by a long, narrow alleyway called, hisashi. This is surrounded by the main chamber of an aristocrat’s home, exuding traditional architecture of Heian styling. The place also includes fascinating ancient paintings of historical saints.
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