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Imperial Palace

1-1 Chiyada, Chiyoda, Tokyo Prefecture 100-8111, Japan
+81 3-3213-1111
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Ranked #26 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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London, United Kingdom
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78 reviews 78 reviews
35 attraction reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014 NEW

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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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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New Jersey, United States
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

We visited this place last week. Unless we missed something we did not find it worth it at all. It was 90+ F and extremely humid. And OK the garden is nice, but then nothing exceptional. You just walk through a BIG park. I will not recommend this at all, especially in summer months. Palace is off limits to visitors... More

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France
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56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Our guide told us that at night it was the only spot in Tokyo which was pitchdark, hence its name, the black hole... Funny. Chyoda is where the Imperial Palace is located however you cannot visit the Palace since it's the official residence of the Emperor but you can visit the park and some of the gardens for free. It's... More

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Far Eastern District, Russia
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45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

We visited the Palace in the Emperor's birthday. The action was very nicely organized, the crowd was managed well. The place itself is very splendor, the music is solemn. People are really admirable . You can see swans swimming on the lakes and sakura tree blossoming in December.

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