So the second day I went to Kyoto was a Sunday. Big mistake -- the palace is closed! Oops. Oh well, I just had to make due with what I had. So here's a few pictures of the palace. I felt bad, but not for long since that hotel worker from my hotel in Tokyo said the real highlight with castles/palaces was Nijo Castle.
Entrance to Kyoto Gyoen National Park and Imperial Palace
History of the Garden
Map of the Garden
Muku tree of Shumizudani Residence, it is 300 years old and samurai are said to have fought and died by this tree