The Katsura Imperial Villa (Katsura Rikyu), or Katsura Detached Palace, is a villa with associated gardens and outbuildings in the western suburbs of Kyoto, Japan (in Nishikyo-ku, separate from the Kyoto Imperial Palace). It is one of Japan's most important large-scale cultural treasures. Its gardens are a masterpiece of Japanese gardening, and the buildings are even more important, one of the greatest achievements of Japanese architecture. The palace includes a shoin (building), tea houses, and a strolling garden. It provides an invaluable window into the villas of princes of the Edo-era. The palace formerly belonged to the princes of the Hachijo-no-miya family. The Imperial Household Agency administers it, and accepts visitors by appointment.
Katsura Rikyu, 1/100, size: w. 64 cm (25.1") x d. 53 cm (20.8") x h. 9 cm (3.5")