1868 (Capital moved to Tokyo, palace opened to general public)
The Kyoto Imperial Palace was the imperial residence for the Emperor until the capital was moved to Tokyo in 1868. After the capital was moved to Tokyo, the palace was turned into a park and made open to the general public. The area surrounding the palace is known as the Kyoto Gyoen National Garden. The garden totally surrounds the Imperial Palace, and extends from Marutamachi Street on the southern side to Imadegawa Street on the northern side. Within the gardens there are many historic sites and ruins from ancient temples and residences of the Heian and Nara periods.