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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.
  • Excellent37%
  • Very good43%
  • Average18%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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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 1 week ago

So glad I got off the bus (instead of going to Tokyo eki on the very day of my departure - June 15th back to the U.S.) when I caught sight of the Imperial Palace. When I got to one of the gates & found...More

Thank anonymousabc2016
Reviewed 1 week ago

The East Gardens was my first stop in Tokyo during my nine day trip. First and foremost, to save fellow tourists time and energy, this is the only part of the Imperial Palace you can visit. Keep in mind that most other areas are restricted....More

Thank Ergukun
Reviewed 1 week ago

Bag check at the entrance, collect your admission ticket (it's more like a mahjong tile), and enjoy your walk. Admission is free. Remember to hold onto your ticket properly as it has to be returned when you exit. There's also a museum.. er.. small space,...More

2  Thank kami_dchan
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a gorgeous place to relax knowing that Tokyo was bustling around you. The gardens are extensive with plenty of things to see. You can relax sitting on the grass (something you can't do in a lot of places). We saw the Iris's, but...More

Thank TracyH1
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Started walking in a sunny morning around 9 before shops open. Although it's not the best season, and bloom of iris is almost over , the pond area was great. Btw, this garden is a good spot for pokemongo

Thank Jolie L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

well worth the effort - a warm day when we were there, but easy walk and beautiful gardens and lawns, with significant history all around - impressive indeed

Thank cleo064
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

In most gardens in Japan, the gardens are created to make the area seem larger than what they really are. This vast landscaped area enclosed by the moat and high rock walls of Edo Castle have large versions of plants and trees to make the...More

Thank H S G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The primary residence of the Emperor of Japan. The East Gardens are open to the public for no charge. They were nice, some of the areas were limited to visitors and there were areas where the grass was cut off from walking on so it...More

Thank Chelsea B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Good Park... very big.. close to metro station but have to walk a lot to explore the park... clean and peaceful... good for taking pictures... free entry... worth a visit!

Thank TraveKings
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Amazing views in this central location in Tokyo! So beautiful is the contrast between the high rises in the background and the big trees within the gardens. It includes the remains of the old palace buildings. We went in the summer and the gardens were...More

Thank Agnes G
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
Hi, i'm planning to go to Tokyo in september 2017. i am well aware that it is rainy season, so is it worth visiting this landmark? thanks.
4 February 2017|
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Response from Encieh E | Reviewed this property |
of course. you should not miss it
Hi, I'm visiting Tokyo in November and would like to visit the Imperial Palace. But the agency's for the Imperial Palace is not so...friendly or secured. How else can I visit the Palace without making any booking or joining any tour? I just wanna take some nice photographs and enjoy the serenity of the garden.
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
Hi all...I am planning a trip to Japan in January 2017. Was interested to see The Imperial Palace and the gardens but after reading some Trip Advisor reviews , I am not sure if it is worth my time since you don't get to go into any buildings and not sure what it will be like during winter time . Any suggestions or advise would be appreciated. Thanks all in advance.
7 August 2016|
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Response from Mypace | Reviewed this property |
Difficult to tell what it would be like in January. We toured the grounds by ourselves and it was bang in the prime of cherry blossom. The gardens, grounds, waterway and exhibits in a small hall were all definitely worth... More