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Imperial Palace

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Address: 1-1 Chiyoda, Chiyoda 100-8111, Tokyo Prefecture
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Phone Number: +81 3-3213-1111
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09:00 - 17:00
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Tue - Wed 21:00 - 17:00
Thu 09:00 - 17:00
Sat - Sun 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes
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The current palace was constructed in the same spot where Edo Castle used...

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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Palace and Ground is nice

This was a nice place to see. it was in a huge park, too huge in fact. if you don't like walking, then I suggest you skip this place. I am glad we didn't because we got to see... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Interested only in keeping visitors under control. 460 people and one policeman with a megaphone. Someone high up in government needs to shake things up and make the tour enjoyable, educational and reduce group sizes. The waiting area for the tour is miserable. Very disappointing.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This was a nice place to see. it was in a huge park, too huge in fact. if you don't like walking, then I suggest you skip this place. I am glad we didn't because we got to see some other side of tokyo.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

As the title suggest, this park has so many photo opportunities that you can easily spend half a day strolling and taking photos. You will not be able to access into the palace by yourself (I think we missed the guided tour). The entire place is broken up into three parts, separated by roads. First is the tree lined plaza... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Imperial Palace is worth a visit though plan in advance as the palace is shut at times. The gardens surrounding the palace are beautiful.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I do not judge the signification of this place for japanese people, but i would not recommend it for people who only have a few days to spend in Tokyo. The open gardens are nice, but the tour of the inside garden is just not worth the hassle, not much to see there. It took 3 or 4 hours of... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The ground of the East Garden is a nice for a walk. The Japanese garden is a nice treat at the end if you go clock wise thru the garden.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

You would not say that a major city is across the street. Really peaceful and a pleasant stroll with superbly maintained gardens. Some of the original buildings still intact and give a good visible history.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You can walk around the outside garden of the palace. See the big wall that protects the palace and the pond

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Outside of the palace, visitors can walk around and there's a park close by. The downside is that you can't go in.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Garden was a nice walk. The Palace courtyard is only open January 2nd at a few announced times to. wave at the royal family. The inside is never open. But the Gardens make up an enormous park, beautifully kept, and a nice place for a walk in the sun. Tokyo does not have benches to sit on so it... More 

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