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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
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes

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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Had a great day, be warned there are only 2 tours per time of 300 people. You need to attend at 08.30 and 12.pm to collect tickets prior to attending 1 hour later but sooo worth... read more

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Reviewed yesterday NEW

After all the hype, this turned out to be a big let down. Very limited Cherry Blossoms but more than that you cannot go even close to the palace let alone inside. We just saw the guard house. I don't know if this is the standard but the tour operator mentioned that you cannot go inside the palace. Based on... More 

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Had a great day, be warned there are only 2 tours per time of 300 people. You need to attend at 08.30 and 12.pm to collect tickets prior to attending 1 hour later but sooo worth it. Enjoy the history! Ps free tour.

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This was one of our favorite spots for cherry blossoms in Tokyo, along with Gyoen. The tradeoff: Gyoen has more blossoms (much more) and you can bring in food, but the downside is more people and a 200 JPY entrance fee. Imperial Palace grounds had fewer trees, but more chance to enjoy and relax and walk around without huge crowds.... More 

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

It lives up to all what I had heard and read. The moat is impressive and the traditional architecture is fantastic as well. The cherry blossoms were in flower and looked beautiful.

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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

All part of our city tour- nice to get there and relax after the hustle of all the action streets we have visited m

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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

First of all, you can't really see the Imperial Palace. And I think it's only open to the public once per year, for the Emperor's birthday I believe. That said, it's surrounded by a beautiful park. And it's beautiful year round. It's a great place for a stroll or a picnic. Great picture taking opportunities as well.

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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

It was such a disappointment after waiting for an hour in line, then another hour in a hangar awaiting the tour.The BIG surprise was the tour was in Japanese and the one hour tour was going in circles around a barrack of some sort. Yet effort does not go unrewarded.Suddenly the gates were open and the Royal couple came out... More 

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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I have booked a tour of the imperial palace and toured it with my family. It was a two hours experience and was completely skipable. Nothing to write home about. Save your time.

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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

we visited the garden in rainy day which i not recommended the gardens are beautiful and well arranged with sakura trees, the visit is free with key as tickets you return back to the main gate where you take from nice to walk around but it is about 500m from the Tokyo Station.

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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is a must see trip for anyone traveling in Tokoyo. If taking a train get off at Tokoyo station and follow the signs. It is not a far walk and take a camera for plenty of good landscape shops. This is a busy part of the city so expect to run into plenty of other tourists. The grounds are... More 

Thank Russell R

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