Last reconstruction in the Edo period (current buildings date from 1855)
Tours at 10am and 2pm except Saturday pm, Sunday, national holidays and New Year's (12/25 - 1/5)
Added to JGarden:
All visitor's must obtain permission in advance from the Kyoto office of the Imperial Household Agency (located on the grounds of the Gosho). The entire site is open to the general public for a week in April and October.
There is only a single small garden on the Gosho grounds, called Oike no niwa, west of the Kogosho building.
The spring rain
Which hangs to the branches
Of the green willow
Looks like pearls
Threaded on a string.
Lady Ise Kokinshû(?) trans. by Arthur Waley 9th century