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Imperial Palace

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Ginza / Tokyo Nihonbashi
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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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Not a whole lot, but a great park!

I passed through the Imperial Palace grounds on my last day in Tokyo. It was a nice walk and there was lots of space! There isn't much left of the castle, but you can still see... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 24, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

I passed through the Imperial Palace grounds on my last day in Tokyo. It was a nice walk and there was lots of space! There isn't much left of the castle, but you can still see the foundation and the moat. The East Gardens seem to be off limits. You can also see a bridge and a guard tower. The... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

I was told by some friends not to waste my time there - "nothing you can do, but just go around the wall"... I found it to be So wrong. I very much liked it as a great experience to get a feel of the city overall. I did go around the wall of the palace and saw very different... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Before going to the Imperial Palace one has to apply online. It is a smooth process with English guidance online and one receives a registration number. You have to bring this slip of paper with you when you go to the Imperial Palace. The tour itself showa you around the premisea on the outside only. It is not poasible to... More 

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Kajang, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

There were a few gardens in Tokyo but imperial palace was the best place for me to enjoy relaxing outing with family and friends. Surrounded by beautiful gardens and landscapes, an hour or two felt very short. The scenes within it hardly describe by words and there was one spot which I love the most is the "zen" park. Its... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

This is a must do in Tokyo. Try to do it in early April with the sakura blooming. Even if you don't, the gardens are sensational year around. During the halcyon days in the 80's, the value of the land their was appraised to be worth more than the value of all property in the State of California. It is... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

I had to come here twice b/c the first day, it was closed due to some holiday. The second time I went I was able to get into the area and walk the grounds, and see the Nijubashi bridge (eye glass bridge). You can’t go into the palace so you can only walk the grounds. The pine trees in the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

In spite of the rains and cold, we went ahead visiting this place. The autumn colours were in full bloom and were a treat to see. Difficult to describe its beauty, one has to see it. There were hardly any crowds on that day, maybe because of the rains. Must visit this place.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 via mobile

Booked the free tour of the palace grounds online a few weeks prior to our visit. The English audio guide was pretty good and you saw old and new buildings around the palace park. The gardens have a separate entry point and are ok - some old samurai guard houses and the palace wall remain. We visited in winter so... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

Imperial Palace is one a few historical things that you could see in Tokyo. I have been there multiple times. The best time is during the sakura blooming (early April). It is really an experience.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

I visited the palace on 2nd of January 2015. Felt very lucky to be in Tokyo on that day as it appeared that the palace ground is only opened to the public on 23rd December and 2nd of January every year. There are a huge crowd who visited the palace. Hundred of thousands....but the best part of this is the... More 

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