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Imperial Palace

Ginza / Tokyo Nihonbashi
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Address: 1-1 Chiyoda, Chiyoda 100-8111, Tokyo Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 3-3213-1111
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes

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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Looks great with great gardens

I visited the Imperial Palace and its gardens with some friends in September 2015. There is an entrance fee but I think it was around 200¥, or £1, absolute bargain. The gardens... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Portsmouth, United Kingdom

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Johor Bahru, Malaysia
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25 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

A definite must-see and easy to get to, we had a great guide and we were in awe of the architecture and rituals of the Palace.

Thank Sam H
Selangor, Malaysia
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54 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a free tour which you have to pre-book online. We arrived on a very wet December morning. We had to queue up at the guardhouse outside. Once the entire "group" who had registered for this tour arrived, we were shown in to the briefing hall where we were given earphones and the map of the imperial palace grounds... More 

Thank gankor
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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465 reviews
305 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 342 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I visited the Imperial Palace and its gardens with some friends in September 2015. There is an entrance fee but I think it was around 200¥, or £1, absolute bargain. The gardens were nice but the Palace was a long way from the viewing platform which didn't really help. There was a cafe in the grounds for a much needed... More 

Thank Jordanovichy
San Diego, California
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4 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The outside grounds are majestic, but it isn't that exciting that you're unable to get any closer. Too many people around to get photos and with the metal barriers, it ruined the photos of the guards. The fact that we didn't have to pay was good. Someone there said they had been inside, but I'm uncertain if that's true.

Thank Monica R
Leander, Texas
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366 reviews
101 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I were there in winter but we walked completely around the Palace. I wish it was when the cherry trees were in blossom as there were 1000's of cherry trees around the Palace. The moat was interesting but a little on the slimy side.We got to see the famous bridge, moat areas and you walk past the Japanese Diet Building.... More 

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Gold coast
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129 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The Imperial Palace is a short walk from Tokyo and Hibiya subway stations. You can see the Palace in the distance but cannot get too close to it. There are great photo opportunities of the Nijubashi bridge as well as the Palace, You can walk around the outer grounds but we only stayed a short while and wandered around the... More 

1 Thank koha30
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We entered by one gate and then walked along the gravel to take the quintessional photo of the palace that appears in most books. We walked further along the gravel to the entrance for tourists. After checking in at the gatehouse on the left we went to a building on the right which contained an exhibition of Scandinavian gifts given... More 

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's a nice place but like the imperial palace in Kyoto you are only allowed in if you're a member of the imperial family or staff. Maybe two times a year the gardens are open for public view. So you can only see the outside walls which isn't that interesting.

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Seattle, Washington
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36 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Palace is okay. You can sort of see it. You can't get close at all and it's not something I'd do again. I got some great photos, but you could honestly get the same experience I had by looking at my two pictures.

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Wakefield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Look up 753 festival in Autumn , Children aged 753 taken in beautful kimonos to Meiji Shrine for life of good luck and heath

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