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Imperial Palace

1-1 Chiyoda, Chiyoda 100-8111, Tokyo Prefecture
+81 3-3213-1111
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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.
  • Excellent28%
  • Very good38%
  • Average25%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible2%
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1-1 Chiyoda, Chiyoda 100-8111, Tokyo Prefecture
Ginza / Tokyo Nihonbashi
+81 3-3213-1111
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Reviewed 24 February 2017

Get herded into a hall where you fill in a form and a guy tells you in Japanese only what's going on. No English guide machines left when we went. Then get shepherded around what looks like a car park with trees around it. Can't...More

4  Thank David G
Reviewed 24 February 2017

This really was a lovely area to just walk around and get away from the business of Tokyo. The only area open to the public is the gardens which contains the walls of the old palace. There is a great running path also.

Thank AnalieseD
Reviewed 24 February 2017

The Palace is huge so you'll end up walking a lot for nothing much interesting. Better go to the East Garden than the palace itself.

2  Thank Shibuyakko
Reviewed 22 February 2017 via mobile

Although you are not able to enter the ground, the exterior views are amazing and will leave you curious and intrigued. I used the exterior grounds of the palace to run very early in the morning and allowed me some amazing views. The Palace is...More

1  Thank 599allank
Reviewed 22 February 2017

We knew that most of the palace grounds were not open to the public , but assumed that we would see something . We were wrong and were disappointed having taken the trouble to visit to find that there's nothing much to do but walk...More

1  Thank tonywells85
Reviewed 19 February 2017 via mobile

This isn't far from Tokyo Station so we took a walk through the accessible area - Imperial Palace East Gardens (no fee to enter, but you obtain/return a token upon entry/exit. Admittedly I would've got more out of this if I had sprung for the...More

2  Thank Kiara S
Reviewed 18 February 2017

This is free to the public, all you need to do is grab an entrance token from the guard at the gate and return it when you are finished walking around. The palace grounds is pretty big and walk from one end to the other...More

Thank Diana C
Reviewed 15 February 2017

Easy to wander around on your own and enjoy the beauty and history, I s a good idea to read up on the site before visiting , it makes it even more magical . Even in February the gardens are beautiful.

Thank easterntreker
Reviewed 12 February 2017

Reservation is required prior to visit. Recommended to be kikyo-mon gate 15mins before start of tour (10am or 1.30pm). There are limited audio guides available. The tour covers Fushimi-yagura Keep and Kyuden Totei Plaza and Seimon-tetsubashi Bridge (Main Gate Bridge; Nijubashi).

2  Thank liangjunl2016
Reviewed 11 February 2017

We were in Tokyo for 6 nights and although cold, very dry and well worth a walk around on a beautiful sunny day. Naturally, as it is winter there are not many flowers but that should not stop a visit. The history behind the palace...More

2  Thank lisajlb
Ginza / Tokyo Nihonbashi
Ginza is famous for being a trendy hotspot, but it's
also a downtown area with shops that were founded over
a hundred years ago. Department stores and luxury
boutiques line the route from Nihonbashi to Ginza.
It's a long established tradition to shop and stroll
while the road is closed to traffic. Luxury hotels,
world class cuisine from talented chefs, and a
collection of glitzy clubs will make this area popular
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Cheryl J
18 December 2017|
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Response from _judysnaith | Reviewed this property |
No I don't think so, visiting is limited and its well guarded.
Senthamarai T
21 August 2017|
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Response from Marcos M | Reviewed this property |
Hello! You cannot get inside, just outside view. Its free!
18 June 2017|
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Response from Russell R | Reviewed this property |
A guided tour must be set up in advance. you must make an appointment. My advice is to have your travel agent or Hotel you are staying at make the arrangements well in advance of your stay. Tell them you would like... More