Tokyo Imperial Palace4.1
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
We guide this spot.
4.0a week ago
Nice photogenic spot. Just to note, you can’t actually go in. You can only observe from a distance. It’s actually a good spot for jogging as you can run around the outer edge of the palace grounds.
5.02 months ago
This place is full of history and philosophy. Its a really great landmark of japan that make you really feel what japan feels like. Its the emperor palace with a stunning feel of garden. Really full of impressive object to see. It only open few days a year so you must do research before visiting. Very nice and well reserved. Very recommend to see if you are in japan.
5.0in the last week
Great place to jog! Many Japanese runners jog around the palace, it has a lot of up and downs, but the view is just great. There are a a lot of shower places around, which can store your belongings for you. You should google these places beforehand.
The 1 lap around the palace is about 5 km, which is quite handy. Enjoy!
4.0a month ago
I wasn't aware that the palace is normally closed off to the public and had the good fortune to stop by during a special public opening. Is you are allowed in, anticipate a long queue to view the palace and several key points. The buildings are impressive and well kept despite the years. You can get the sense of the miltary power of this location once you visit
3.02 months ago
Nice palace... from the outside. For some reason, the day we went nobody was allowed inside the palace (there was some celebration). From outside, it's nice. The gardens are very impressive and the river surrounding the palace, very nice. Everything is really taken cared of. The area is quite big, so it's a nice place to walk, relax, run...
Spot Reviews (2)
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
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.
VisitedJul 2010Read moreClose