Kyoto Imperial Park is one of the places customers to Fuune go to visit by bicycle.
You can go there to visit the palace and to learn about Japanese ancient properties where past emperors till Meiji era used to live, or just to have a little rest enjoying the green.
It is located in the center of the Kyoto city, a good place that you can easily add between your itenaries.
The total area of the garden is over 90ha, and it takes nearly an hour to walk around the whole place.
We highly recommend bicycle as a way to explore the Kyoto Imperial Garden for those who want to check around the garden quickly!
Here in this blog, we'll give you some information regarding visit to the palace and some notes for cycling in the Kyoto Imperial Garden.
The Kyoto Imperial Palace
The palace can be entered for free and no need for reservation.
It opens at 9 in the morning and close at 4pm.
The entrance gate closes at 3:50pm.
(The opening hours might change.)
their official website for further information.
For those who want to join the free guided tour, you can take the one conducted in English starts from 10am or 2pm.
Just go to the visitors room on the right side of the entrance gate before the tour starts.
The duration of the tour is approximately 50 min.
Free multi-language audio guide (Jap, Eng, Chinese, Korean, French, Spanish) is also available.
Click the link here
to download the app.
Explore the Garden by bicycle!
Though the road around the palace is gravel road, there is some way to cycle around the garden.
The red dot line on the map below show the roads that is paved for wheelchair visitors.
Follow this road, and you can safely enjoy your cycling.
Though the safest recommended route for cycling is the red route on the map, but there is some particular gravel roads that you cycle near around the palace.
There is a road that has been naturally paved by bicycle riders on the western and norther side of the palace, just like the photo below.
But for other roads around the palace are covered with stones and pebbles, so we recommend you to get off the bike and to just push it for those particular places.
Parking places in the Kyoto Imperial Garden
There are bunch of trees and flowers planted inside the garden.
Cherry blossoms and Ume (plum) blossoms beautifully bloom in spring and it's especially the best season to visit the garden.
(Check out our blog
for some cherry blossom recommendation spot!)
If you want to park and walk around just for few minutes, you can just park temporarily on the side of the road.
For those visiting the palace, or those who want to take time walking around the garden, use the parking space near Nakadachiuri rest space located on the west.
(The bicycle mark on the map shows the free parking space.)