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.
5.03 weeks ago
Very serene place to visit! Please remember that you cannot get closer to the palace and there’s not much to do here except to take a picture of where the Emperor of Japan lives. Security guards surround the area. Still, I enjoyed my visit here with my siblings!
5.03 weeks ago
Stunning Palace and Grounds
I went for a run around this palace at night when it was closed, then decided to come check it out the next day. It was a great, somewhat hilly run route, and the palace itself was stunning. The gardens were beautiful, and they offer cherry blossoms viewing when in season. Definitely worth a visit!
5.0a month ago
Popped our bags in the north end lockers of Tokyo station and ventured out for 90 minutes. Was a great outing while waiting for our train. The palace grounds are massive, stone walls were interesting and saw some out of this world fish in the pond.
4.0a month ago
It had great gardens and was nice for a leisurely stroll. Probably the most interesting part of the visit was seeing all of the local working people having lunch or a stroll around the park. The cherry trees were also fun to walk around, even if they weren't blooming
5.0a month ago
Lovely place to visit in Tokyo. Vast lush green grounds with lots of space to walk. A track dedicated to cyclists and runners. The home to the Monarch of Japan. Awesome place.
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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.
VisitedJul 2010Read moreClose