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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2.02 weeks ago

Don't really waste your time if you only got a short time in Tokyo. If you only have a week or two you can probably spend that in more interesting places. I took the guided English tour and it's not really that interesting and nothing much to see. The reason you see the same building in most pictures is because that's probably the most interesting you will see. If you have a lot of time, feel free to go ahead but the name sounds a lot more interesting than it actually is. You get a little information on the tour but that's mostly it. At least it's free.

5.03 weeks ago

At the center of the highly urbanized city of Tokyo resides the Imperial Palace, a historical fortress surrounded by a moat, towering stone walls, and expansive park areas with beautiful pine trees and in some parts, sakura trees. Indeed, this place showcases a beautiful contrast of Japan’s ancient history and modern society.

This place is humongous and definitely a must-visit. We came here to stroll around the outskirts to find some blossoming sakura trees. The Imperial Palace East gardens - the area we visited - are open to the public. Along the outer gardens, you’ll see a tower that sits on the edge of a massive stone wall facing the city district. This is arguably one of the best parts we went to - it was absolutely stunning! But don’t worry, at every corner is an opportunity to capture breathtaking scenery.

Due to the pandemic, the palace has halted its free tour into the inner grounds. Hoping that this crisis will end soon so we can visit the inner palace and be mesmerized by its grandeur and beauty! I am thrilled by the prospect of seeing what’s on the inside up close and personal.

You have a great time on your visit and stay safe! 😊🙏

4.04 months ago

Castle built during Edo period, which later turned into palace. Nothing great to see.. unless you are a history lover. It's super hot in summer - so carry water bottle - vending machines aren't available everywhere.

5.03 weeks ago

Can’t spend enough time here...what an exceptional vibe right smack dab in the centre of the city. This place is gargantuan and houses dozens of good vibes. It’s almost got too many vibes, old, new, fresh, or worn, there are many paths and resting places for a tired and weary, sweaty traveller.

5.03 months ago

Beautiful place to visit. Take your time there is lots of walking and lots of buildings and gardens to look at. They have self guided and guided tours we did self guided and loved taking are time to see every corner.

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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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