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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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You have to go...but it's just kind of OK

In Tokyo, you have to go...but the palace (what's left of it) is just kind of OK. Gardens are nice but you will see more impressive in several other parts of Japan. Pretty in... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 15, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

You can't see too much, but its still worth it. Also, be sure to bring plenty of water because walking around here gets tedious. The palace is very beautiful. Afterwards, you can walk across the street and get ice cream at the nearby park.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

Since it's the home for royalty, we tourists can only see the palace from across the moat. This place is only nice for taking a few photos. Oh, and across the road, there's a great park planted with rows and rows of nicely trimmed trees, you can have a breeze walk down there and see the statue of the great... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW via mobile

Imposing and lonely in a overcrowded area of the central Tokyo.The grey stone walls harmonize with trees and the water surrounding the walls. The colors of stone and roofs make it more majestic and mysterious than the prohibited city in Beijing. Worth the visit

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

Some classic photo opportunities to be had with the bridge in the foreground but couldn't get much closer. Could do with more information boards.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

Went there on a Monday. I did not know that it was going to be close. Quite a bummer actually. You can't see much from the outside. Although there was a great cherry blossom spot on the Eastern gardens.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

If you would like to enter, you have to book the guided tour. I booked 1 months ago with high expectation. However, we were disappointed. There was not much to see. We only watched the building, where the Royal family wave hand to the public, from a distance. And there were limited amount of radio translator. We were unable to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

In Tokyo, you have to go...but the palace (what's left of it) is just kind of OK. Gardens are nice but you will see more impressive in several other parts of Japan. Pretty in Sakura season.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

The palace looks great from the outside. The gardens are closed on Mon which is unfortunately the day I went there. I am assuming that would be beautiful. The bridge on the side is okay. Nothing to go crazy about but many travelers flock there first.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

We just turned up to find you had to book a guided tour. You can do that on the Internet. We walked around it and had hoped we could take a walk in the park but there again is only very little you can get to or see into the park.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

You cannot get close to the palace and there is not much to see, if anything. You can get decent views of the Tokyo skyline (from below) and it's a nice walk to Ginza but that's not what you are there for, so I'd recommend saving your time and going somewhere else.

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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 with anyone looking for a night out.