Tokyo Imperial Palace

Sightseeing information about Tokyo Imperial Palace in Japan.


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The Imperial Palace sprawling in central Tokyo occupies the former site of Edo Castle that has a vast parkland, moats and stone walls. The castle dates back to the 15th century and was the center of the Tokugawa shoguate from the 17th to 19th centuries. The donjon was destroyed in the great fire in 1657, comparable to the Great Fire in London in 1666, and never was reconstructed.

The shogunate was overthrown in 1868 and the Imperial residence was moved from Kyoto to Tokyo. The inner grounds of the palace are not open to the public, except for December 23rd (Emperor's Birthday) and January 2nd (New Year's greeting), when the Imperial Family members make appearances on a balcony. The stone bridge near the main gate, dubbed as 'spectacles bridge', is a photogenic spot.

Purposecherry blossom viewing,sightseeing
Airport/Sta.Tokyo International Airport (about 15.4km) Google Transit

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3.03 weeks ago

The prospect of seeing the Imperial Palace sounds really nice but actually the places that is open to the public on a normal day is really limited. You get to wonder around the outer parks and look at the moat and bridge but can't enter the main complex. I would suggest you give this a miss if you are tight on time. Easily accessible from the Tokyo main station.

5.02 weeks ago

Gorgeous gardens, beautiful rural feel in the middle of the city. It's a great peaceful day trip that offers tons of photo opportunities and there's plenty of stuff to do in the surrounding area.

5.03 months ago

Magnificent park. A great place to admire natural beauty and gather thoughts away from the busy city atmosphere. Also the outer circumference consists of a footpath and bike lanes on which enthusiasts may raise their heartbeats and raise a sweat. I loved the plants inside, especially the numerous cherry trees although being Marcy, there were not yet many blossoms.

5.03 months ago

Must see place in Tokyo. Strongly recommend downloading the app for when you are doing the walk through of the gardens.

If you want to actually see inside the the palace then you have to arrive an hour earlier to like up and collect a ticket. Only 100 or so people per session are allowed in. The inside is nice to see but you don’t get to see inside any of the buildings. I would say you can skip it and just see the gardens.

The gardens with the app are free to enter and walk you though the process of the imperial palace and its history.

Train was the easiest way to get there.

5.0a month ago

The Imperial Palace of Tokyo or Edo Castle is a MUST SEE place with wonderful gardens. You should visit this historical spot to enjoy and to understand better Tokyo and Japan. Come to walk the gardens with me!

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Our imperial family is the oldest hereditary monarch family in the world, and its origin dates back to 660BC when the first emperor, Jimmu, ascended to thrown. The present emperor is the 125th emperor in our history. Imperial Palace u...

Our imperial family is the oldest hereditary monarch family in the world, and its origin dates back to 660BC when the first emperor, Jimmu, ascended to thrown. The present emperor is the 125th emperor in our history.

Imperial Palace used to be the Edo castle until the middle of 19th century where 15 successive Shoguns of Tokugawa resided for nearly 300 years from generation to generation.

Although the Imperial Palace is closed to the public except several occations throughout the year, the east garden of the Imperial Palace remains open to the public where the castle tower, the core of the castle, Ninomaru (2nd castle building)and Sannomaru(3rd castle building)existed. Edo castle was the biggest castle ever constructed in Japan.

I will guide you the details of the castle while explaining about our imperial family. Please enjoy

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Imperial Palace is a suitable place to savor the free line, North Garden is free of charge, which is very beautiful. Imperial Palace from afar, like a temple deep in the hillside, I saw two small White House echoes. Imperial Palace niju ...

Imperial Palace is a suitable place to savor the free line, North Garden is free of charge, which is very beautiful. Imperial Palace from afar, like a temple deep in the hillside, I saw two small White House echoes. Imperial Palace niju bridge gate, a guard post, is not allowed visitors, standing around and watching them guard, solemn look. Pavement surrounding the Imperial Palace Plaza is full of gravel. The pebbles are the original security measures, said the old without advanced monitoring equipment, if someone or a horse, stepped on the gravel will have a rustling sound, so people will know them as a warning and defense.

皇居是个适合自由行仔细品味的地方,北边御苑是免票的,里面很漂亮。远远地看皇居,犹如深藏在山坡上的庙宇,只见两个小白楼交相呼应。皇居二重桥的门,有警卫站岗,不允许游客进入 ,站在旁边看着他们换岗,煞有介事的样子。环绕皇居广场的路面铺的全是碎石子。这些鹅卵石是原始的保安措施,据说原来没有先进的监控设备,如果有人或者马过来的话,踩在碎石子上会有沙沙作响的声音,这样宫内的人就会知道他们以此作为一种预报和防御。

VisitedJul 2010

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