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Imperial Palace

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Address: 1-1 Chiyada, Chiyoda 100-8111, Tokyo Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 3-3213-1111
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes
Description: 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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The Imperial Palace in Tokyo is beautiful...the sculpted gardens, the moat surrounding it, the willow trees and the beautiful bridge. It's definitely worth a visit and a photo op... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

The Imperial Palace in Tokyo is beautiful...the sculpted gardens, the moat surrounding it, the willow trees and the beautiful bridge. It's definitely worth a visit and a photo op. You probably only need an hour as you're not allowed inside the palace, only the surrounding gardens.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

The palace and the park surrounding it is beautiful but don't expect to get close or go inside. It's also well covered with trees and large walls so visibility isn't the greatest. Still cool to go see but not to to stay for more than 15 mins.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

This palace is average was expecting something great but was ok would rather visit one of the shrines in tokyo much better way of spending your time !

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Bratislava, Slovakia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Nice and quiet place in the centre of busy city. Wonderful gardens, especially during Sakura blossom. Little bit disappointed from the modern look of the Palace, I expected something more traditional, like the historical buildings around. If You wish to visit not only the East garden but the Palace area, too, You must register in advance within one month. The... More 

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Merstham, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Vistors can only access the Palace during a few select times of the year but the gardens around the place are open to the public and are pretty. There are a few things to see and the gardens are worth a visiting.

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Cebu City, Philippines
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

The place was awesome! Id like to spend a lot more time there. We had a really short time made me want to go there again some time. Its certainly a good place to spend your vacation.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Unfortunately the public doesn't have access to the palace except for a few days a year like the New Year and the emperor's birthday. The surroundings of the palace are free for all…the traffic is stopped on Sunday and there are bicycles to rent and go around the palace. I highly recommend to rent a bicycle as the sidewalks are... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 via mobile

Well, the place is quite big and bare aside from some part with luscious greens and flowers. You can see the palace but closed to the public. I think they have specific day when it is open to the public. Not advisable with kids. They will get tired and bored and hungry as well after the stroll.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

It was a very nice tour. We booked the inside tour of the palace well in advance of our vacation. We were given an audio device that was not amazing but gave us the basics of the tour. The walking tour is simple and takes you to some very iconic locations. At the end you could tour the gardens however... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015 via mobile

Nice place to relax or stroll though not much time needed to see it all. The gardens are nice. The palace grounds has limited access you are able to see the palace only at a distance. Gates and moats are accessible, the locals exercise here.

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