Inside Kyoto Gyoen
Typically people in Kyoto collectively call the Kyoto Imperial Palace and the surrounding park "Gosho." More precisely, however, Gosho refers to the palace only. In the 63-hectare area, which is now a park, there used to stand a long row of residences — some several hundred! — used by the court nobles.
When Emperor Meiji moved the capital to Tokyo in 1869, many court nobles followed him there. When the Emperor paid a visit back to Kyoto in 1877, he was saddened to see the area deserted, and he ordered the Government to keep up the area.