Kyoto's Shugakuin Imperial Villa

Details in photos of a lovely Kyoto villa

By Larry Knipfing    - 1 min read

Another one of a set of villas managed by the Imperial Household and requiring a special reservation, this too is a lovely place to visit, especially when I did in early May. About the size of Tokyo's Yoyogi Park, Shugakuin is full of green. In fact, photos that look down at it from above are amazing. It's easy to imagine why this location was chosen to be the playground of the Emperor and his family in Japan's early Edo period (1655). The villa also has some beautiful details that I have included in this photo story.

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Larry Knipfing

Larry Knipfing @larry.knipfing

Born on Long Island, New York in 1958, I have spent the last 30+ years of my life living in Japan, and enjoying every minute of it! I especially love photography, and Japan is definitely one of the most beautiful places in the world to photograph! My other love is fiction writing and I have published quite a few books that take place in Japan. Fun stuff! You can find them at my Amazon Author's Page. In addition to my writing, I have mainly been working in the field of corporate training, and at the same time have done a lot of photography. *Kamakura, and now Yokohama (both in Kanagawa Prefecture) have been my home for almost twenty years and are perfect places for me: Hilly, situated on the water, and with amazing histories. The rest of Kanagawa is equally amazing and includes the great Hakone onsen and spa area.  *Tochigi Prefecture, with World Heritage site Nikko, is one of the most beautiful places in the world, and not far from Tokyo.  *Fukui Prefecture, located in central Japan on the coast of the Japan Sea, is brimming with classic Japanese culture and great natural beauty everywhere you look. I really look forward to sharing ALL of Japan's beauty and magic with all of you.