Imperial Palace

Imperial Palace, Chiyoda: Address, Phone Number, Imperial Palace Reviews: 4/5

Imperial Palace
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Points of Interest & Landmarks • Historic Walking Areas • Architectural Buildings • Government Buildings
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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.
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Neighbourhood: 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 with anyone looking for a night out.
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Joanne H
London, UK600 contributions
Looking at the outside of a palace
Aug 2021
Numbers for the free tours are currently restricted due to Covid, but this also means that it's easy to pick up a ticket on the day. Turn up from 9am to the Kikyo-Mon gate with ID and you get a numbered form to fill in, which from 9.30am gets you entry to the grounds. Tour begins at 10am and lasts about an hour. You're shepherded efficiently past the main sights including the large Imperial Palace building, warned not to fall off a bridge, and that's broadly it. Our guide was very good, with excellent English, but the outsides of buildings and large empty plazas are perhaps not the most exciting thing to see. On the other hand, it's free.

The East Gardens were a little bare in August. I suspect they would be better in spring or autumn.
Written 11 August 2021
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coco h
122 contributions
Huge
Aug 2019 • Family
Better book ticket online in advance so you can go inside garden
We didn’t know the ticket so just walked around & my child played with pebbles & jumped on rocks
Written 1 July 2020
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dustythoughts
Manchester, CT1,299 contributions
Gorgeous outdoor area
Feb 2020
This beautiful palace, which is surrounded by lush gardens, is incongruously set in bustling Tokyo, yet it evokes a tranquility and calm that's hard to find elsewhere. It's a beautiful place to go for a walk or meditate.
Written 7 May 2020
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Anu789
Pune, India143 contributions
The morning run is an experience
Dec 2019
Tucked away in the heart of the city, the Imperial Palace is majestic a sight. Made my way for a morning run and it was quite an experience, although the chilly weather was a slight dampener. Would certainly recommend trying it out as it was quite an experience joining all the enthusiastic morning joggers.
Written 30 April 2020
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patrickperbkk
Perth, Australia1,220 contributions
Great outdoor area!
May 2019
The Imperial Palace open for public only twice a year, one during the New Year, another day is on the Emperor Birthday. However, the view from the outside was lovely. Also, the outdoor Japanese Garden is very peaceful. It's a great walk from Tokyo Station to the Palace. Should visit once when you are in Tokyo.
Written 5 April 2020
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Jerry G
Coppell, TX482 contributions
Not for a winters' day .......
Jan 2020
Although the gardens were pretty, serene and peaceful and the grounds were well kept and designed, they did not evoke the sense I had anticipated. No fault of the garden design but it was the wrong season to visit. Yes, the buildings, the general layout and structure of the stone walls were interesting to see, the lack of fresh greenery and flowers were disappointing. Save your visit for the spring, summer or fall to enjoy this garden. In the winter, your time can be better spent somewhere else in Tokyo
Written 30 March 2020
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Ian F
12 contributions
Grandeur of the Imperial Palace and gardens-a peaceful place to go
Mar 2020
We went to the Imperial Place on our last day in Tokyo and left with some lovely memories.The Palace is a beautiful building and the gardens are well worth the walk. It is a lovely place to go to refuel in amongst the hustle and bustle that is Tokyo. As soon as you stepped inside the gates of the Palace you could feel the history as well as a peacefulness that comes over you. It is popular with office workers and a great place for children to run around and release some energy. It was lovely to see the Koi Pond and quietly watch the fish swim around.
Written 29 March 2020
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SteveS1970
Coventry, UK7,005 contributions
Closed to the public
Mar 2020
The imperial palace is closed to the public but the gardens are very beautiful. We took a nice stroll through these and you can forget about the hectic city that is all around.
Written 24 March 2020
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Brian O
35 contributions
Beautiful Gardens with a great Koi pond
Feb 2020 • Friends
The grounds are worth a visit - it’s free to enter and very tranquil inside. The plum and cherry blossom were our when we visited.
Written 6 March 2020
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PaulSiow
Petaling Jaya, Malaysia2,731 contributions
Off limits
Mar 2019
The Imperial Palace is actually off limits. You can only view it from outside. Free to visit the gardens and area outside.
Written 29 February 2020
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