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The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin)

1-1 Chiyoda, Chiyoda 100-0001, Tokyo Prefecture
+81 3-3213-1111
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These beautiful gardens are located outside of the Imperial Palace. Access to the gardens is open to the public although the palace itself is off limits.
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  • Very good44%
  • Average17%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“imperial palace” (175 reviews)
“edo castle” (32 reviews)
“free entry” (14 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
1-1 Chiyoda, Chiyoda 100-0001, Tokyo Prefecture
Ginza, Tokyo Nihonbashi
+81 3-3213-1111
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Reviewed 6 days ago

A lovely place to go and eat a packed lunch. We visited in winter, so no flowers to see, but lots of beautiful greenery.

Thank susandalling
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

heijo palace was the Imperial Palace of Japan during the Nara Period. The palace was abandoned in 794 and most of the buildings fell to ruin. Excavations have revealed the foundations of these buildings. Today it is a World Heritage Site.

Thank Alecsangeet
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The place is big - so be prepared to do quite a bit of walking. It would also be good if you have done some reading up to prepare yourself for what you can see. It is nice to walk around there and 'feel' the...More

Thank Mun Onn L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I got a chance to go inside accidentally. The place is very huge, so if you want to explore place, then you need to have some hours. It was nice walk with descriptions and it was fantastic!!!

Thank egary16
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Did the Free Walking Tour. Absolutely enjoyed touring the gardens located in the Chiyoda ward of Tokyo. Despite it being winter, the grounds were beautiful and the tour provided a lot of history about the Emperor of Japan and the Imperial Family.

Thank Kat M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful garden! It worth the walk! hen the weather is good it's an incredible walk. It must be amazing with Sakura flower

Thank Adeline m
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We probably would not have come here, had we not attempted to visit the Imperial Palace. The gardens were lovely and quite formal, more park like. I loved the attention paid to the individual trees, but there were no flower beds. Beautifully kept, worth a...More

Thank KiwiKerry53
Reviewed 7 January 2018 via mobile

We spend a lovely winters morning in the gardens. We checked the open hours due to New Years. The kids had a wonderful time bird watching and there was some interesting historical monuments and trivia. We were even lucky to see some early blooming Sakura....More

Thank MrsMRG
Reviewed 6 January 2018

I would not suggest coming here unless you have spare time.You will not see the imperial palace from here. No real garden to speak of. Parks around tokyo are better. There is so much more to see around the area than the Imperial Gardens. It's...More

Thank Manny A
Reviewed 6 January 2018 via mobile

If you go here, make sure you join one of the free guided tours that take place here. A guide asked me if I spoke English, and that started a 1.5 hour exploration of the immaculately maintained gardens, gates and waterways that make up this...More

1  Thank ViajesyVino
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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Vinna S
4 February 2017|
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Response from Encieh E | Reviewed this property |
of course. you should not miss it
10 October 2016|
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Response from niagarariverfatman | Reviewed this property |
The east gardens are free and you do not need to take a tour to get in. I think there is a small entrance fee. And the gardens are not open every day. Check with your hotel. I am sure they can tell you what days the... More
7 August 2016|
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Response from cigarron | Reviewed this property |
I would think that a trek through the palace grounds would be a rather nice and relaxing break from the concrete jungles you'll encounter elsewhere in the city. There's plenty of nice buildings to go through right across... More