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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)
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1-1 Chiyoda, Chiyoda 100-8111, Tokyo Prefecture
Ginza / Tokyo Nihonbashi
+81 3-3213-1111
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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 16 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
Reviewed 9 August 2016

beautiful gardens, look great even off season, worth a visit. we couldn't enter the palace itself, but the outer buildings and walls look impressive enough to me. so much history here, i would definitely recommend to spare an hour for this place

Thank Kate796
Reviewed 7 August 2016 via mobile

Very beautiful place to visit. Nice and tranquil to walk around. Vast open grassed areas. Lots of locals and tourists will come and have their lunches. It's a 5 minute walk from the nearest metro station. I would advise having 2 hours to leisurely walk...More

Thank Tooziver
Reviewed 7 August 2016

An affordable and historical cultural adventure to be had right in the centre of town. I ventured here on the day I flew out of Japan and was not disappointed. There is a small museum right inside the Marunouchi Grand Plaza Gate and when I...More

2  Thank MissMullins
Reviewed 5 August 2016 via mobile

I should have read a bit more to really understand. Very nice, big and interesting, but there is no palace. The moat was interesting, but it's important to know the history and explain to your children so they get value. Would not have been first...More

Thank Danette S
Reviewed 2 August 2016 via mobile

Visit this to calm down and enjoy a slow pace of a stroll through greenery in the heart of Tokyo.. You experience a bit of royalty 😉while a walk through a sunny afternoon

Thank Soundarya A
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?)
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
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.