Katsura Imperial Villa is one of the finest examples of Japanese architecture and garden design. The villa and garden in their present form were completed in 1645 as the residence for the Katsura Family, members of Japan's Imperial Family.

Visiting Katsura Imperial Villa requires joining a tour. The tour follows the garden's circular walking trail around the central pond.

Palace buildings can be viewed only from the outside, and photographing is allowed only from designated spots.

Featuring magnificent layouts, the villa boasts fine examples of Japanese gardening. Additional features include the drawing-room, a strolling garden and tea houses.