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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5.02 weeks 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.

3.0in the last week

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...

4.03 weeks ago

You have to either get tickets online prior to your visit or go there and show up early to line up to get the 180 or so tickets they give out the day of. We lined up for tickets and had no problem getting them on the same day. You have to bring ID (passport) and fill out a form to get on the tour. They bring you into a large room for about an hour (almost) wait before the tour starts. The tour itself is about 1hr 15min. You have to stay on the tour and cannot wander off. You don't actually walk too far on the tour. Interesting tour. The palace is a rebuild after 'the great fire' and isn't itself as impressive on the exterior as many of the temples are in Japan. However, although you cannot enter the palace itself, likely the interior is stunning. They walk you over to a beautiful old bridge. After the tour, (conducted in many languages and they divide people by language into smaller tour groups) you are free to visit the palace gardens.

5.0a week ago

Excellent place to run when in Tokyo. Extremely popular for runners. Exactly a 5K. Did they plan it for running when they constructed it? 😀 Rare place in middle of Tokyo where you can run continuously without having to stop at traffic lights unless running at parks next to the river. There is a lot of pedestrians during daytime hours. It is a good 5K because it has some uphill that gives the 5K a little extra edge.

4.0a week ago

During my visit, tours and visits inside were closed due to a ceremony. The outside is still pretty cool to visit! You can walk around and view the walls and palaces from the outside. You get to experience and see the walls that protect the palace. Overall is a pretty cool place to sight see!

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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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