You can visit in 2016 without an appointment, from April to August 9:00-17:00 (last admission time 16:20); October - February 9:00-16:00 (last admission time 15:20); September and March 9:00-16:30 (last admission time 15:50). Chinese explanations are available at 10:00 and 14:00. Closed on Monday and the end of the year, and there will be irregular breaks. See the official website for details.
Located in the center of Kyoto, the Kyoto Imperial Palace is vast. Originally the official palace of the Japanese royal family, the palace still serves as the Emperor's Kyoto residence. Built in a traditional Japanese style, the Shishinden is the main hall of Kyoto Imperial Palace. The Seiryoden serves as the Emperor's main residence and other buildings such as the court room and imperial study boast beautiful detail and atmosphere.