The Kyoto Gosho is the former Imperial Palace located at the center of Kyoto. Kyoto Gyoen Park is a large luxurious garden surrounding the Palace and the Sento Gosho Palace, the residence of the retired emperor, and is a relaxing spot with rich greenery enjoyed by the people of Kyoto. The park measures 700 meters east to west and 1300 meters north to south. Before the Imperial Palace was moved to Tokyo in the latter half of the 19th century, this vast park was the residential quarters for the members of the court. Today, it is a public park with a pebbled promenade and green lawns, with seasonal trees and flowers.
To the southwest of the palace stands Nijo-jo Castle, built in the early 17th century. Ninomaru-goten, renovated in 1626, is renowned as a priceless example of the architectural style of that period. The best known section of the splendid interior with its paintings and carvings on the walls is the "Happo-nirami no Shishi-zu", in which the eyes of the painted lion look straight at viewers no matter where they are standing. Some interesting devices used in defense against enemies are also worth a look - e.g. The "Uguisubari-no-roka" corridor, where the planks sound like a nightingale when someone walks along, then, and the "Musha-kakukshi" - special doors designed to hide guards. Scenes from the period are reproduced inside the palace using mannequins.

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京都禦苑是位於京都中心部的舊皇宮。京都禦苑原是環繞禦所和退位後的太皇居住的仙洞禦所的庭園,現在已成爲寬闊而綠意盎然的市民休閒地。東西約700米,南北約1300米的京都禦苑在19世紀下半葉皇宮遷移東京之前,曾是貴族住宅鱗次櫛比的一角,現在修建成了公園,園內鋪著卵石散步小道,綠茵茵的草地上四季花卉令人賞心悅目。
17世紀初建造的二條城在禦所的西南側。城內的二之丸禦殿是1626年改建的,作爲向世人展示當時的建築式樣的貴重建築物而著名。壁畫“八方對視獅子圖”,無論從哪個角度去看,畫上的獅子均面向正面,不僅壁畫和雕刻等豪華的室內裝飾,還有行走時會發出黃鶯啼聲的走廊,暗藏護身衛士的武者隱身處等防禦外敵的機關也頗值得一看。禦殿內用偶人等再現了當時的情形。

到京都禦苑可乘坐地鐵,從京都車站到丸太町車站約7分鐘,到今川約9分鐘。到二條城可乘坐地鐵,從京都車站到鳥丸禦池車站換車到二條城前車站約6分鐘。

From Kyoto Station to Kyoto Gyoen, take the subway to Imadegawa Station (10 minutes). To Nijo-jo Castle, take a subway
to Karasuma-oike Station and change, then travel 6 minutes to Nijo-jo-mae Station.