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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.
  • Excellent28%
  • Very good38%
  • Average25%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible2%
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“east garden” (53 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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"open to the public"
in 44 reviews
"east garden"
in 53 reviews
"off limits"
in 20 reviews
"nice walk"
in 39 reviews
"nijubashi bridge"
in 17 reviews
"free tour"
in 22 reviews
"main gate"
in 13 reviews
"pine trees"
in 14 reviews
"edo castle"
in 18 reviews
"tokyo station"
in 57 reviews
"cherry blossoms"
in 34 reviews
"busy city"
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"walk around"
in 16 reviews
"moat"
in 101 reviews
"emperor"
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"residence"
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"household"
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Before coming to Japan we looked into applying for a spot on the palace grounds tour but it was booked so on our last day, we went to the East Gardens which is an easy walk from the train station. Honestly, maybe not the prettiest...More

Thank mmason2018
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Even though the park is beautiful, you cannot get anywhere near the palace (at least when I went in March 2018). Many areas around the park are fenced and access is prohibited, so it was really a disappointment. I'd only plan to go if you...More

Thank Anasanmu S
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Open to the public, free, and a nice place to unwind on the lawn. Some nice sights to be seen, but mainly an oasis in one of the busiest parts of Tokyo. We spent an enjoyable 30 minutes in the shade of the garden while...More

Thank Joelle E
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Reviewed 5 days ago

The palace grounds itself are not open to the public, so if you are content with a walk around the perimeter of the palace, then it may still be worth a visit. The palace outside is picturesque in some spots, but otherwise you'll mainly see...More

Thank Sidney1013
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Reviewed 5 days ago

A quick walk down from Tokyo Station (train station), we found ourselves at the grounds of the Imperial Palace. The surroundings are nice and pleasant, but only if you can find an area where the tourist crowds aren't bombing all your pictures! We did manage...More

Thank Frank B
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Reviewed 6 days ago

The Imperial Palace was the primary home of the emperor of Japan. It is a very large park-like area location in the Chiyoda ward of Tokyo. It contains a main palace, Kyude, the private residences of the Imperial family, and a museum. Interesting fact: in...More

Thank Judi L
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Due to the 2 WE the palace got bombed and was rebuilt in the 60ths So it looks like, like a Australian home from the 60

Thank landueli
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Taken as a peaceful garden of a little historical interest, this is great place to go. There’s no admission fee, and there are some tours, so it’s great to bring a family and tour the grounds. Plenty of seating for those who need a rest....More

2  Thank jjzzhh
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited the Imperial Palace gardens as part of a day tour. Now I'm not sure if you can go into the palace or if it was closed the day we went but we had to be content with a walk around the grounds. The...More

Thank andream0402
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The surrounding of the Palace are beautiful, with a contrast between modern buildings and the gardens and the Palace. However, the guided visit inside the Imperial Palace was a bit disappointing. I was expecting some more historical buildings inside the Palace area and some more...More

Thank festebanb
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Richard T
19 June 2018|
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Response from Tarek I | Reviewed this property |
Only the gardens are open to the public . As the emperor still lives there
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Cheryl J
18 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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