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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 good39%
  • Average25%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible2%
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1-1 Chiyoda, Chiyoda 100-8111, Tokyo Prefecture
Ginza / Tokyo Nihonbashi
+81 3-3213-1111
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Reviewed 2 days ago

First key tip - if you are in Tokyo and have 3 hrs. to spare - morning or afternoon, consider to take this palace ground tour. Every 1st of every month, they open the website for the next month schedule. Do check and apply for...More

Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This is an iconic photo opportunity. Foreigners and Japanese visit daily. A must if it is your first time in Japan.

Thank Reasonable50
Reviewed 6 days ago

No public entry, so this was merely a photo stop to have a look at the extensive moat, surrounding gardens and a bridge. Rather pointless.

Thank PlanetOz
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was a lovely walk for my husband and I, but my kids hated it. They thought they would be seeing a palace. Unfortunately there is no palace to be seen. It was a lovely walk through a garden, but not very exciting for a...More

Thank Stephanie C
Reviewed 1 week ago

You can walk around the palace but you cannot enter. The moat which surrounds it and the stunning flowers, trees, etc. that surround it are just beautiful. You can get a glimpse of some of the structures on the grounds but the place is so...More

1  Thank Michael T
Reviewed 1 week ago

Saw the sign for the free tour of the palace (in the park near the entrance to the palace) so thought we would join in (only 300 tickets am & pm available) accepting it was in Japanese only. Whilst the tour was OK (started around...More

Thank 188petere
Reviewed 1 week ago

Although we were not actually allowed in, the surrounding most and gardens were lovely, quite close to the business district

Thank _judysnaith
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

At this time of year the palace was not open to the public so were only allowed to walk up to the edge of the moat and take pictures.

Thank Jane G
Reviewed 1 week ago

such a shame for the grey and dark clouds as we saw pictures of how nice it is in the sun. Still a peaceful time

Thank imintravel
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I heard that at one point the imperial palace was worth more than the whole real state in California. This is one of the gems In Tokyo. I went here for walks around and to just sit down and enjoy the view. Please make sure...More

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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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Senthamarai T
21 August 2017|
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Response from Marcos M | Reviewed this property |
Hello! You cannot get inside, just outside view. Its free!
18 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
17 April 2017|
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Response from Salaamdubai | Reviewed this property |
I did not notice a dress code requirement