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.
5.0in the last week
Amazing and quiet place. Well preserved gardens. I got to see a few cherry trees that where blooming and it was fantastic. The entrance to the palace is really amazing and enormous. In the middle there is a well preserved lawn garden where you can sit and relax in the sun if you are lucky. In the higher ground you get very nice and clear views. Also there is a place with different kind of fruit trees. The walls are really impressive too. Definitely worth visiting for a few hours. There is also a public restroom which is perfectly maintained.
5.02 months ago
It's the emperor's palace the current emperor lives and other imperial facilities in there. You have to make a reservation to visit inside, but need to do it at least a month earlier to get in to the line. It's a large place and many gates to the Imperial Palace. I went to the bridge (the most iconic front scene) from the east gate, it took almost an hour to be there. You'd better to choose the right metro station to go straight to the bridge. It's peaceful even though many tourists. Pretty close to Tokyo Station.
3.0in the last week
It’s a great place to go to if you’d want some fresh air away from busy Tokyo but a bit disappointed that there wasn’t a section or designated attraction for visitors to learn and know more about the palace. Plus, there are currently a lot of construction, which did affect our overall experience there.
5.0a week ago
Great place to visit and see the pristine castles and amazing building within the walls. If you are the 1st 300 people at 9am you can get a free tour just remember to take your passport. Lots of walking, but the tour guides know their stuff.
5.0a week ago
Wow! What a beautiful garden! Typically cramped in Tokyo, this open air garden has space! What a breath of fresh air. The views are amazing and there are resting areas too. You can take beautiful pictures of the treea, flowers and the fish. Sadly half of the palace was still closed due to renovations/constructions. It's free admission when I went, be careful sometimes it can be closed, I recommend you find out the schedule for the open visits. You can sink an hour or 2 at a comfortable pace. There are security checks before entering the Palace.
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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.
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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.
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