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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.
  • Excellent27%
  • Very good38%
  • Average26%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible2%
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“east garden” (42 reviews)
“royal family” (16 reviews)
“off limits” (17 reviews)
Suggested Duration: < 1 hour
1-1 Chiyoda, Chiyoda 100-8111, Tokyo Prefecture
Ginza / Tokyo Nihonbashi
+81 3-3213-1111
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Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

When we booked this tour we expected to see the Place itself and were disappointed that we could see nothing other than the bridge and guard houses. We did happen to be there during the changing of the guards.

Thank gonealot
Reviewed 26 July 2016

Certainly it has history, but with our own guide could give only limited information of what we saw. What we were only able to do was make a short walk of the grounds. Other gardens are better. If you want to say you have been...More

Thank Robert U
Reviewed 26 July 2016

We spent a day seeing gardens, shrines, temples and other more 'serene' parts of Tokyo including the grounds of the Imperial Palace. It is very large in scale by comparison. The main attractions are the wall and moat surrounding the palace and then the palace...More

Thank Makethegrade
Reviewed 25 July 2016

Nice place to visit in Tokyo, no glamour. Historic place. They have two tours every weekday to get inside. Recommend tour, check in entrance, Reduce group so ask the guards. Need a passport to get inside and free ticket, guards give tickets to present person...More

1  Thank b922311
Reviewed 25 July 2016 via mobile

This is your must. Beautiful garden and palace says all about what Tokyo was until the 1 works war and if you there in spring it must be super duper!!?

Thank babwara78
Reviewed 24 July 2016

Palace Worth visiting, took a lot of photos and so many people sitting in the garden with show - March 2015

Reviewed 23 July 2016

Bring lots of water, or an empty water bottle to refill when you visit. Also get a free map from the visitors' center

Thank kevinnacabuan
Reviewed 23 July 2016

i included this in a day walk and it was a good call i think. although on the map it looks huge it is not (and when you minus with the off limit area it s even smaller) arrive from Ginza by walking to feel...More

1  Thank Toaster80
Reviewed 21 July 2016 via mobile

Difficult to get close to actual palace. Best you can do is catch a glimpse. Nice to see, though. All together we got off the tour bus, walked 15 minutes to gates where the guards stand, took some pictures and walked back to the bus....More

Thank pjmdvm
Reviewed 19 July 2016 via mobile

I booked the visit online as you can't just walk in. There has to be advanced reservation. For my desired date, I was able to book about 3 weeks in advance but I saw the slots have already filled up quickly for the other dates....More

2  Thank joshua_sam
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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Do the guided tours of the Imperial Palace have some type of English translation? (Audio or translator?)
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
Sam G
Is there a dress code at the Imperial palace Tokyo?
17 April 2017|
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Response from Salaamdubai | Reviewed this property |
I did not notice a dress code requirement
Sam G
Is there a dress code at the Palace?
17 April 2017|
Response from Hwasal | Reviewed this property |
For outside, Dress code is smart casual.