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Imperial Palace

1-1 Chiyada, Chiyoda, Tokyo Prefecture 100-8111, Japan
+81 3-3213-1111
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As featured in 3 days in Tokyo
Ranked #18 of 72 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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Oxford, United Kingdom
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52 reviews 52 reviews
29 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

The Palace is rarely open, but you can see the moat, with its massive stone supporting walls, and the pleasant grass and trees of the gardens.

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Edison, New Jersey
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014 NEW

Do not waste your time going here. It was not open and wasting half a day here and at the Imperial Gardens is not worth it. You will see so many temples, palaces and gardens in Kyoto that it is not worth your time and effort to cover this in Tokyo.

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Norman, Oklahoma
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014 NEW

The Imperial Palace is not the only sight in Tokyo that is rarely open to the public. So it's not possible to go in and tour, but even so, the grounds are lovely and have some very pretty places for photos. It's a nice change from the bustle of the city.

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Graham, Texas
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Unless you go during a selct time in December or January, you won't actually get to see the place. Only open twice a year. The story is interesting and the scale is impressive, but not being allowed in was a huge letdown. We weren't told that by our guide before we went there, otherwise we wouldn't have made the trip.

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Los Angeles, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Worth it to say you've been once, but prob not worth a second visit (most likely, nothing will change anyway). It's a lot of walking on small rocks to the moat (so would advise against wearing fancy or expensive shoes). You should also make sure to be on the East side, (JR Tokyo station and walk over, or Hibiya Station... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014 via mobile

This can be a bit deseptive because people expect to get into the palace. The palace is the active residence of the emperor and off limits but the gardens surrounding are free to explore and well worth a visit. In the middle of such a busy city this area is incredibly peaceful and relaxing with lots of beautiful photography opportunities

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Nice walk around the palace. Won't take too long to do. If you time it right you can catch the free guided tour.

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Labuan Island, Malaysia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

A calm oasis in the middle of Tokyo.. with outer garden, wall, gate, bridge and moats.. A great contras to high rise building around this green & tranquil area.. Just nearby Tokyo Station.. However most visitors can only take photo from outside.. Entrance to the palace need special permission from Imperial Household Agency.. Imperial Palace East Garden (10 minutes walking... More

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Wexford, Ireland
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

I lived in Tokyo for a few months in 2012 and I visited basically every attraction - and this was by far the biggest let down. You can't really see the Palace, let alone get in anywhere near it. The gardens beside it are nice, but there are far prettier landscape gardens in Tokyo in comparison to this. The bridge... More

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memphis
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

You must apply for a permit to enter the gates. There is no acceptance of passerby tourist. Permits are free but must be done on the internet weeks ahead. We were not able to go onto the grounds. Park surrounds the palace. Mosquitos are plentiful. Restrooms in the park. Near a subway stop.

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