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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.
  • Excellent27%
  • Very good38%
  • Average26%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible2%
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“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
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Reviewed 24 July 2016 via mobile

This is your must. Beautiful garden and palace says all about what Tokyo was until the 1 works war and if you there in spring it must be super duper!!?

Thank babwara78
Reviewed 24 July 2016

Palace Worth visiting, took a lot of photos and so many people sitting in the garden with show - March 2015

Reviewed 23 July 2016

Bring lots of water, or an empty water bottle to refill when you visit. Also get a free map from the visitors' center

Thank kevinnacabuan
Reviewed 23 July 2016

i included this in a day walk and it was a good call i think. although on the map it looks huge it is not (and when you minus with the off limit area it s even smaller) arrive from Ginza by walking to feel...More

1  Thank Toaster80
Reviewed 21 July 2016 via mobile

Difficult to get close to actual palace. Best you can do is catch a glimpse. Nice to see, though. All together we got off the tour bus, walked 15 minutes to gates where the guards stand, took some pictures and walked back to the bus....More

Thank pjmdvm
Reviewed 19 July 2016 via mobile

I booked the visit online as you can't just walk in. There has to be advanced reservation. For my desired date, I was able to book about 3 weeks in advance but I saw the slots have already filled up quickly for the other dates....More

2  Thank joshua_sam
Reviewed 18 July 2016

My review is tempered by the fact I was limited to where we could go due to it being a Friday and much of the grounds being closed. I found the building to be really interesting considering when it was built and how it has...More

Thank meflatow
Reviewed 18 July 2016

The East Garden of the Imperial Palace is open to everyone for free. This is highly recommended, as there are some great views and history to be seen. We booked a tour through the Imperial Household Agency in order to view the palace grounds, and...More

Thank mxs0755
Reviewed 17 July 2016 via mobile

We didn't realise how much walking was going to be done until we got there. It's huge! But sadly, not much to see. It was a great walk, and it's free, but it was mostly just that. Some nice e scenery here and there but......More

Thank Jessica B
Reviewed 17 July 2016

I wanted to knock on the door, but the Emperor wasn't home ;-) If you're at Tokyo station, it's just a few blocks walk to get there. You can get some nice photos of the mote, stone walls, guard towers and the gates. If you...More

Thank VivaHawaii
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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Do the guided tours of the Imperial Palace have some type of English translation? (Audio or translator?)
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
Sam G
Is there a dress code at the Imperial palace Tokyo?
17 April 2017|
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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.