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! 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.
5.0a week ago
So beautiful! Visiting the Imperial Palace grounds and architecture was a bucket list item for my entire life! I was not disappointed and even though we spent almost a whole day there it still was not enough! If you are able to visit Japan and love history then the Imperial Palace is definitely a must see in your lifetime! You will never regret it!
4.0in the last week
Lovely and expansive gardens in the middle of Tokyo. Not too busy, even in the middle of a sunny weekend day. It'll take you a while to walk around so bring good shoes. Free entry from one of many gates.
3.03 weeks ago
Huge amount of people lined up to visit.
Waded through the crowds to see the Emperors gardens. Was able to get a couple shots without the other tourists being in the photo.
The gardens on the east side are much better.
4.04 weeks ago
Not my favorite thing to do. Super large groups. But the garden inside was beautiful! Definitely should go to attractions if you have time. But it is pretty quick stop if you wanna quickly stop by! No entrance fee
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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
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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