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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.
  • Excellent29%
  • Very good38%
  • Average24%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible2%
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“east garden” (52 reviews)
“off limits” (20 reviews)
Suggested Duration: < 1 hour
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1-1 Chiyoda, Chiyoda 100-8111, Tokyo Prefecture
Ginza, Tokyo Nihonbashi
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"east garden"
in 52 reviews
"open to the public"
in 40 reviews
"off limits"
in 20 reviews
"nice walk"
in 38 reviews
"nijubashi bridge"
in 16 reviews
"free tour"
in 22 reviews
"main gate"
in 13 reviews
"pine trees"
in 14 reviews
"edo castle"
in 17 reviews
"tokyo station"
in 56 reviews
"gardens are beautiful"
in 11 reviews
"cherry blossoms"
in 27 reviews
"walk around"
in 15 reviews
"emperor"
in 82 reviews
"moat"
in 95 reviews
"residence"
in 28 reviews
"japan"
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

A relaxing stroll through the lovely grounds. Cherry trees in full bloom! It was a pleasant break from the hustle of the urban sites. It wasn’t as crowded as we’d anticipated. Would definitely recommend this tour.

Thank Jack L
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Reviewed yesterday

It seems to be only a bridge and a gate, but actually it's much more than that. The ambiance it's simple Royal.

Thank Ruben R
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Reviewed yesterday

I looked at the Palace complex on a map and was expecting to spend most of the day here. We visited on a Monday and pretty much the whole complex was blocked off. We did walk through some pretty areas and the parkland is very...More

1  Thank MarcusHurley
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

You can't see much from where the public has access. It's a beautiful setting but you can only get a glimpse of the palace. The grounds are nicely maintained. It's easy to understand why this location was chosen for the palace, it can be protected...More

Thank SeeTheW0rld62
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I wouldn’t waste my time visiting this. You can’t see much and what you can see isn’t really that impressive. And everything is starting to be over run by weeds.

Thank Jelly_au
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Beautifully maintained park, wall and bridge and moat but that's all you can see. You should visit but it'll be a quick one

Thank Anglotraveller
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Very nice area to walk around you are not allowed in the palace but there are nice walks all around, the blossom was still out when we were there got some great photos recommended

Thank Stephen A
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Imperial Palace is largely a park embedded in a busy city. There are smaller gardens tucked into corners of the palace, but no buildings to explore if you aren't on a tour. You can easily walk through the palace grounds in an hour. If...More

2  Thank Geopiggy
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We walked to the Palace which is v straightforward from our Hotel (Shangri-La). Unfortunately, the Palace was closed. This being Friday. We could only photograph one of gate entrances, sentry in position. We walked around to the next gate approx 1/2 mile. Please check opening...More

Thank Yoshipup
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Reviewed 1 week ago

this is a great place to relax and take great picture. its gardens are just spectacular, such an magnificent place in the middle of one of the most important cities in the world.

Thank manu c
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Cheryl J
17 December 2017|
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Response from Zelphiakat | Reviewed this property |
I just took this tour. They explicitly state at the beginning in English if you are short on time and can not stay the duration please do not join the tour.
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Senthamarai T
21 August 2017|
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Response from Marcos M | Reviewed this property |
Hello! You cannot get inside, just outside view. Its free!
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kevwolv
17 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
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