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Address: 1-1 Chiyoda, Chiyoda 100-8111, Tokyo Prefecture
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+81 3-3213-1111
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes
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The current palace was constructed in the same spot where Edo Castle used...

The current palace was constructed in the same spot where Edo Castle used to stand. Most of the palace grounds are not open to the public except for the East Gardens, which are accessible on select days.

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Write the Imperial agency and request private tour far in advance. The gardens are traversed with 100 or so others on this "private" tour. Tour in Japanese, although some audio... read more

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The Villages, Florida
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

Write the Imperial agency and request private tour far in advance. The gardens are traversed with 100 or so others on this "private" tour. Tour in Japanese, although some audio guides are available...but few...don't count on it.

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Ramat Gan, Israel
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We did not visit inside the palace grounds, so my impression is based on the surroundings. When in Tokyo as a tourist, this should be on the list of places to visit, but there are many other beautiful gardens, so this is not outstanding.

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Canberra, Australia
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This tour was disappointing, the English audio wasn't clearly signed/advertised and 90% of the people there didn't know they existed. The "tour" is of the government buildings, nothing of the palace or the palace gardens, there is no shade and you're constantly standing in direct sun light. Was really disappointed with this tour. No wonder it was free.

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Hong Kong, China
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

May be a place to visit when you're going through the motions, but overall it was a rather disappointing experience. In truth there isn't much to see, but rather a place to 'feel' the history. The public are only allowed in the grounds of the palace, and unfortunately we were about a week or so late for the cherry blossoms.

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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Visited only the outskirts and exterior surrounded by a moat. What I found to be more fascinating in the start of winter though were the mesmerising yellow ginkgo trees lining the avenues.

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Thank AsianGM
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

It's a beautiful PALACE with only 2 Visits perday limited to 3pp people each tour. You can only imagine what is the interior areas look like. We walked around the PALACE and visited the east gardens.

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Antioch, Illinois
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Much like others here, was disappointed. Beautiful grounds, but being called " The Imperial Palace" you would think you'd be able to at least see it from a distance. It should be called the Imperial Gardens. Should have researched more.

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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

After all the hype, this turned out to be a big let down. Very limited Cherry Blossoms but more than that you cannot go even close to the palace let alone inside. We just saw the guard house. I don't know if this is the standard but the tour operator mentioned that you cannot go inside the palace. Based on... More 

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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Had a great day, be warned there are only 2 tours per time of 300 people. You need to attend at 08.30 and 12.pm to collect tickets prior to attending 1 hour later but sooo worth it. Enjoy the history! Ps free tour.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This was one of our favorite spots for cherry blossoms in Tokyo, along with Gyoen. The tradeoff: Gyoen has more blossoms (much more) and you can bring in food, but the downside is more people and a 200 JPY entrance fee. Imperial Palace grounds had fewer trees, but more chance to enjoy and relax and walk around without huge crowds.... More 

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