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Imperial Palace

1-1 Chiyada, Chiyoda, Tokyo Prefecture 100-8111, Japan
+81 3-3213-1111
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Ranked #25 of 75 Attractions in Chiyoda
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Type: Historic Sites, Gardens
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Makati, Philippines
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108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

I was rather surprised to learn that one could actually visit the grounds of the Imperial Palace in Tokyo as it is a working palace that sees considerable activity. I booked the tour online and as there are limited spaces available, 40 per tour, the slots go fast. Bookings are accepted up to 2 months in advance and the tour... More

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Arizona, USA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

We booked the tour online. It's available 1 to 2 months in advance and the bookings go fast. We had previously visited the old Imperial Palace in Kyoto and it was very interesting as you could see inside a lot of the buildings and it was in English. This tour was less interesting. It's in Japanese but there is an... More

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Singapore, null, Singapore
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22 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Being the first time in tokyo, we decided to book the free guided tour on their website. We thought we should check out the imperial palace since we are there. The dates and timing for the guided tour were very limited. We were on headphones most of the time w English translation and they were bring you from one point... More

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London, United Kingdom
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42 attraction reviews
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

This could so easily have been poor if it had not been for a friend of a friend who spoke English and offered to accompany us AND the shear beauty of some of the grounds. There is a stark contrast between the ugly modern imperial household building to the Fujimi-yagura keep (an old part of the Edo castle). I was... More

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Tortona, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Apparently this place is permanently closed or even open a few days a year, when I tried to go to it was closed and I could just visit it only outside, admiring the beautiful setting or the protective walls and moats surrounding the pond the entire building. All in all it is a beautiful setting, this centennial building completely located... More

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London, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

The imperial palace itself is fine, but nothing to write home about. The tour that you can book online, however, is an absolute waste of time and extremely dull. You don't see anything exciting, the tour is in japanese and those who speak English have to settle for audio guides. We were a group of 5 and were only provided... More

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Sorry to have to be negative, but it's not worth the time unless the palace is actually open to visitors. You can see the gate to the security house, and a roof of the palace itself. Otherwise it's an uninteresting trip. Seeing the moat as we drove all the way around had nice context and was pretty greenery, but it... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

We visited in April and found the English tour very skimpy and uninformative. Unlike the Imperial Palace in Kyoto (definitely worth a visit) you only get to see the outsides of mainly modern and not particularly interesting buildings. The gardens are fine, but not worth a special visit.

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Tartu, Tartumaa, Estonia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

I was able to visit the Imperial Palace grounds quite randomly, It happened to be open at the exact time. There was a lot of hassle involved though. Instead of walking right in we were lead around a bunch of barricades, the whole round trip taking 40 minutes or so. After passing a baggage check, there is actually only one... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

I just returned from a short visit to Tokyo and Okinawa. I was so thankful that my friend who lives in Tokyo warned me that visiting the Imperial Palace was underwhelming and that we should see Sensoji Temple the morning of our departure instead of reserving a lot of time for visiting the Palace. We followed her advise! We only... More

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