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
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5.02 weeks ago
The surroundings are superb with a wide view of the city behind and the entrance to the palace.. it is well guarded and very beautifully maintained. One visiting Japan must also check out this place and read more about its rich history of Japanese Empire
2.04 months 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.
4.08 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.
3.0a month ago
Three stars because our tour guide was excellent and very amiable. Touring the palace was nothing more than walking grounds. On a sunny warm day, be prepared with shading (i e. Hat, umbrella, etc.) and lots of hydration.
5.02 months ago
Simply Majestic !!! You get royal vibes at this place. This is situated in the center of bustling city. The place is very calm and you can forget all the tensions . This is a iconic place to get a picture with the castle.
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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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