Katsura Imperial Villa
Katsura Imperial Villa © np&djjewell
Built in 1645 by Prince Toshihito and considered to be the finest example of pure Japanese architecture and garden design, Katsura Rikyu is beautiful in its simplicity. The buildings are constructed of entirely natural materials and consist of a moon-viewing pavilion, an imperial hall and a teahouse, as well as the wooden villa itself. The garden is designed for leisurely strolls with surprises around each corner, from stone bridges and lanterns to ponds and manicured trees. The grounds are particularly beautiful in the autumn, when the rich colours of the trees make for even better photos than usual. It's interesting to see how the imperial families lived and the Katsura Imperial Villa is one of the most popular attractions in Kyoto.