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Imperial Palace

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Address: 1-1 Chiyoda, Chiyoda 100-8111, Tokyo Prefecture
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Phone Number:
+81 3-3213-1111
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes

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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Lovely gardens in the heart of Tokyo

We were here on a beautifully sunny day and enjoyed walking around the gardens and lazying around on the grass. As with everything else in Japan, the gardens were in pristine... read more

Reviewed 18 June 2016
Jack S
Runcorn, United Kingdom
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 18 June 2016

When you get to Tokyo station take the Maranouchi central exit and this brings you to a huge boulevard. Follow this all the way down and you will get to the Imperial Palace grounds. We saw a nice looking gate and thought that it was Imperial palace entrance but it was not. It was also closed to the public so... More 

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Runcorn, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 18 June 2016

We were here on a beautifully sunny day and enjoyed walking around the gardens and lazying around on the grass. As with everything else in Japan, the gardens were in pristine condition. Then again, with a huge army of 'helpers/workers' tending to the lawns its not really too surprising! The palace is closed so you won't be able to go... More 

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Saint Augustine Beach, Florida
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Reviewed 17 June 2016

We were on a tour and found out we could not access the gardens or Palace on Friday because it was closed. Got to see the bridges and take pictures but a little disappointed as the gardens were to have been one of the highlights of the tour. Loved the Architecture I could see of the Palace, Bridger and Moat... More 

Thank Kyle K
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Reviewed 9 June 2016

Our hotel concierge had phone the palace and told us that palace grounds were open from morning to about 6pm that day (a Saturday). When we went there, we were shooed away by security guards. Reached entrance where a crowd had gathered. Saw the emperor and his entourage exiting palace gates and he waved to the crowd. That was all... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 8 June 2016

So many better parks to wander in in Tokyo. Not much going on here and in all honest, not all that scenic.

Thank Frank Y
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Reviewed 7 June 2016

The Palace is closed to the public anyway, but the gardens are impressive and a pleasure to walk round and you nearly can't hear the buzz of the city traffic outside

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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 5 June 2016 via mobile

Went for run around Imperial Palace area which is about 3 miles on nice path which is popular with runners. It was a Friday and East Gardens were closed, but just touring around the perimeter of the Palace grounds was extraordinarily beautiful with many photo ops.

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Newcastle, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 June 2016

Not sure how this got to number 12. If I'm honest it was boring. You couldn't go past the gates, which left you with a view of some big grey walls...

Thank Ross T
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Reviewed 3 June 2016 via mobile

nothing special here except the nice picture of the bridge near the emproer entrance (in the picture). The Palace is closed for from puplic an d you only can see the Palace exterior and the bridge i mentioned. i went there from Tokyo station and toke me 20 min of walking to get there

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Newark-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 June 2016

If you are visiting Tokyo you should book this tour ahead through the Imperial Household Agency website. If you are not in time for the places offered through the website you can make a booking in person at their offices with your passports but easier if you time it right on the website. The tour is in Japanese however a... More 

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