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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5.0a month ago

Amazing! Stunning! So good for picnics or a day trip. Lots to do inside and around the palace. If you enjoys walking and gardens this is definitely the place for you. Great atmosphere and a must visit while in Tokyo or even just Japan! If you want bring some food and sit on the grass in the gardens and enjoy the scenery and would highly recommend.

5.02 weeks ago

We walked through the gardens of the Imperial Palace, spending about an hour. It was very early spring, and the cherry trees and flowers were just beginning to blossom, the grass was still brown from winter. I would imagine that from April - October they would be absolutely beautiful! Having said that, it was a very peaceful walk, with easily accessible sidewalks for an afternoon stroll. The architecture is beautiful, the gates are massive and impressive. What was remarkable is how peaceful and quiet it is in such a noisy and busy city. It is a great way to unwind a little during the hustle and bustle of a typical active trip to Japan.

4.02 weeks ago

So beautiful to look at too bad you can’t walk inside but still. Great relaxing place to visit. Also saw many runners around park area so also a great place to go for a run and enjoys the incredible view!

5.0in the last week

Amazing. I would tell anyone to visit. The garden was full of blooming flowers and pollen floated in the air, but I never sneezed once. It was beautiful and I went when there was a live band playing. Great upkeep.

5.02 months ago

Amazing! Stunning! So good for picnics or a day trip. Lots to do inside and around the palace. If you enjoys walking and gardens this is definitely the place for you. Great atmosphere and a must visit while in Tokyo or even just Japan! If you want bring some food and sit on the grass in the gardens and enjoy the scenery and would highly recommend.

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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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