Definitely would visit again! (Probably in a different season)
The Shūgakuin Imperial Villa offers free tours, but will have to register beforehand via the Imperial Household Agency website since you can’t enter the premises freely.
Surrounded by fields, and located at the foot of Higashiyama, the imperial villa boasts a breathtaking view of Mount Hiei and the faraway mountains.
There are three sections to the villa - upper, middle and lower. As their name signifies, each Villa is situated at a different height, and produces a harmonised panoramic view of both villa gardens and faraway mountains.