Imperial Palace, Chiyoda

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Home of the imperial family, Imperial Palace and its expansive grounds stand among the city's most popular attractions for foreign visitors. Badly damaged during World War II, the palace underwent a massive reconstruction project in the 1960s. Today, visitors tour the complex at the heart of the city to see the living and working quarters of the imperial family, as well as an array of historic landmarks that include lush gardens and a famous stone bridge. Keep in mind that you must book a tour by phone or via the palace website in order to join a guided tour on the day of your visit. Tour spots fill up fast, so reserve yours early to avoid disappointment upon arrival. Put Imperial Palace into our Tokyo holiday planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • It's worth noting that the main Imperial Palace isn't open for visitors, except for very occasional historic events, and I'm not even sure how much you get to see on the expensive guided tours so read...  more »
  • I went to last weekend. Autumn was over he would at this time. It might be the beginning of public good to admire the fall foliage. It is for the first time into the Imperial Palace, is living in the Kanto. Coming from Tokyo station to the Imperial Palace front gate to aim for. Seimon-Mae Plaza at the waiting circle square procession luggage, a physical examination, can enter the Sakashita gate. From here walk 750 m up to gate, fall foliage viewing. Toilets are installed in various places, it embarrasses it. Using toilets beside the Sakashita gate. Very clean, surprised. And toilets for people who volunteer congratulati for everything. Watching from a distance the Palace of Edo Castle, moat, Imperial household Agency building. Or imagine the Emperor's life. Also, cherry trees are very often so now look forward to spring. Road from hanebashi Northern air bridge has been East gardens of the Imperial Gyoen Park (free) can then be like this. But walk to the gate to get out once, enters the garden from the North air bridge gate away. It did not, Edo Castle. This time also in the procession slowly walking down the street and enjoyed.
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  • Imperial Palace is historical place. We could not enter the palace but we could take picture and here the story of the place.  more »
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  • What a beautifully laid out garden we visited today. The colours were simply amazing and the different areas of the garden delightful. We especially liked the pond area and the orchard. These gardens are free to enter and there is a lovely little shop, plenty of restrooms and you can get a drink from a machine close to the shop. If it's nice weather you could take a picnic and sit on one of the many benches. Note the gardens are closed on a Monday and Friday.
  • Gigantic rocks put together in dramatic formations, smooth lawns, waving bamboo, historic guardhouse, giant carp, and cute historic Japanese houses. Don't expect to see a normal palace building, this is more gardens within huge walls. It's beautiful and unique. Take your lunch and spend the day. You can buy an ice-cream or a souvenir, see some art and watch a video. I loved the serene atmosphere.
  • Lucky I went there on a good weather day. I entered through the east gate. It’s massive so just walking around and appreciating the beauty of the place will take about a couple of hours. Some colors had started showing up and I captured them in my pics. Wonder how much better it would get during peak autumn days.
  • It was pretty incredible to walk the grounds of the palace, especially after we happened to arrive when they were about to begin a free tour. there are two tours each day, both are free and last about an hour. It's a walking tour, spoken in Japanese but there is a GPS guided app you can download that will speak multiple languages and tell you what you are looking at. Great opportunity for stunning pictures, especially if you go for the 1:30pm time late in the year, as the sun begins to set on your walk.
  • I live in Jakarta. So when I go inside the Palace garden, I am very amazed. Its very tidy. In certain time, you are allowed to go around the palace garden. Even in end of year, Member of Imperial House will say hello in their terrace of Palace.

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