(Kyoto-70/Kyoto Imperial Palace)日本美味しいもの巡り Japan delicious food and wine tour


On a sunny autumn afternoon, went to "Kyoto Imperial Garden".  As walked along the gravel road under the blazing sun, saw "Kyoto Imperial Palace" and "Kenreimon Gate" in front.



It is now open to the public all year round.  Entered through the "Seishomon Gate" entrance to the west side of the palace.



Kyoto Imperial Palace is a square structure surrounded by a wall measuring 450 meters from north to south and 250 meters from east to west, where successive emperors resided for 500 years until 1869.  After the emperor moved to Tokyo, the accession ceremonies of the Meiji, Taisho, and Showa Emperors were held there.


The "Kurumayose Carriage Stop".  It welcomes visitors who enter through the "Gishumon Gate".




"Shishinden Hall", the symbol of the Kyoto Imperial Palace, is the most prestigious main hall surrounded by corridors.  In 1868, Emperor Meiji presented the "Five Articles of Promise," the guiding principles of the new government, to the court nobles and feudal lords, and the accession ceremonies of the three emperors of the Meiji, Taisho, and Showa eras were held there.
The palace, measuring about 33 meters east to west and 23 meters north to south, faces south. In ancient China, the sovereign ruled over the people with his back to the north and faced the south.  Heian-kyo Capital, built on the model of the Tang Dynasty capital of Chang'an, followed this philosophy.
In the south garden, the left side is the tachibana of the right and the right side is the cherry tree of the left.



"Shunkoden Hall" housed a replica of the "Yata no Kagami", one of the three sacred artifacts, which was moved to Tokyo.


"Ogakukonjo Hall" was used for Waka poetry reading and other events.  It was also a place where the emperor met with court nobles.


"Oikeniwa Pond Garden" in front of "Kogosho Palace", famous for "Kogosho Conference" at the end of the Edo period.  The trees reflected in the water were beautiful.


"Gonaitei Inner Garden" in front of "Otsune Goten Palace".  It is upstream from the Oikeniwa Pond Garden.  Water in Kyoto gardens flows from north to south.


"Ryusenmon Gate" and the "Koshun House".  Koshun House was built as a study room for Emperor Komei, the last emperor of the Edo period.



After less than an hour of touring Kyoto Imperial Palace, headed to Nakadachiuri-gomon Gate and found a pleasant café surrounded by the trees of the garden, "Nakadachiuri Resting Place", rebuilt in 2019 and became a place of relaxation for Kyoto citizens with its shop and café.


Had a glass of green tea.  The sweetness was just right.


Exited the Nakatachiuri-Gomon Gate onto Karasuma Dori, and found the popular Toraya Cafe just one street north on Ichijo Dori.  Will come back next time.  Kyoto just keeps on giving more places to go!





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