We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Imperial Palace

1-1 Chiyoda, Chiyoda 100-8111, Tokyo Prefecture
+81 3-3213-1111
Book In Advance
More Info
and up
Tokyo Highlights Afternoon Tour and Sumida River Cruise
More Info
and up
Tokyo Tower, Tea Ceremony and Sumida River Cruise Day Tour
More Info
and up
Tokyo Morning Sightseeing Tour
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
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.
  • Excellent27%
  • Very good38%
  • Average26%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“east garden” (42 reviews)
“royal family” (16 reviews)
“off limits” (17 reviews)
Suggested Duration: < 1 hour
1-1 Chiyoda, Chiyoda 100-8111, Tokyo Prefecture
Ginza / Tokyo Nihonbashi
+81 3-3213-1111
Write a Review
Reviews (1,719)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More languages

251 - 260 of 915 reviews

Reviewed 21 August 2016

its the residence of the emperor of japan.cant enter the palace,surroundings are nice,u can spend some time around.

Thank jaakamat
Reviewed 20 August 2016

Nice park in the middle of the city. Sorta reminds me of Central Park in that respect. However, it's not much of a cultural experience. You can't go through the castle and I wasn't that impressed with the gardens--there are better elsewhere in Japan. So,...More

1  Thank Katy S
Reviewed 20 August 2016

This fabulous palace was built on the historic site of the Edo Castle. After the fall of the Shogun era, Emperor Meiji left his Kyoto Palace and took residence in the Edo Castle. He renamed this castle the Imperial Palace in 1869. By 1888 his...More

1  Thank Dale C
Reviewed 19 August 2016

Visited the Imperial Palace and was able to take the tour. While the tour itself is in Japanese, a headset with English narrative is supplied-and it's all free of charge. While the Palace and grounds suffered serious damage during WWII, there are still buildings of...More

Thank hrtraveler
Reviewed 18 August 2016 via mobile

Suppose your always going to go here for what it is / represents but from what we could tell there is very little to look at other than the outer walls, outposts and monuments of the palace. The main bit you would have to fly...More

1  Thank Paul W
Reviewed 18 August 2016

The Imperial Palace is not normally open to visitors but on occasions they do allow groups through but a booking is needed as many Japanese will visit if they can. The Palace itself is not that impressive. but the gardens certainly are. You can also...More

Thank Oldjack
Reviewed 16 August 2016 via mobile

We visited the palace in summer. So maybe it not the best time visiting the gardens. It's free entrance to the gardens of the palace. Nothing so special. Nice to sit there and relax after a long day. Nothing special. Of course you are not...More

Thank ihab a
Reviewed 16 August 2016

Stunningly kept lawns, beautiful trees and imposing statues a great place to take a break from shopping and soak up the views before heading on to Maranouchi or Ginza

Thank StevieHK
Reviewed 16 August 2016 via mobile

You must make reservations online a good 30 days before arriving in Tokyo. It is fairly simple to go to the official government site who manages the imperial palace. The palace is really easy to reach since it is in the middle of Tokyo. The...More

1  Thank FredOH69
Reviewed 15 August 2016

We were hoping to actually see the imperial palace itself but we knew ahead of time that it is hard to get onto the grounds. It seems that a tour would be the best way to actually get inside and see more of the imperial...More

Thank Andrew P
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
Nearby Restaurants
Grand Kitchen
125 reviews
.79 km away
The Palace Lounge
62 reviews
.77 km away
Crown Restaurant
50 reviews
.70 km away
49 reviews
.78 km away
Nearby Attractions
888 reviews
.91 km away
The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin)
1,384 reviews
.67 km away
Kokyo Gaien National Garden
256 reviews
.73 km away
Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Do the guided tours of the Imperial Palace have some type of English translation? (Audio or translator?)
17 June 2017|
Answer Show all 4 answers
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
Sam G
Is there a dress code at the Imperial palace Tokyo?
17 April 2017|
Answer Show all 12 answers
Response from Salaamdubai | Reviewed this property |
I did not notice a dress code requirement
Sam G
Is there a dress code at the Palace?
17 April 2017|
Response from Hwasal | Reviewed this property |
For outside, Dress code is smart casual.