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Imperial Palace

Address: 1-1 Chiyada, Chiyoda 100-8111, Tokyo Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 3-3213-1111
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Ranked #27 of 79 Attractions in Chiyoda
Type: Historic Sites, Gardens, Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks
Fee: Yes
Owner description: The current palace was constructed in the same spot where Edo Castle...
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Type: Historic Sites, Gardens, Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks
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 the East Gardens, which are accessible on select days.
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Philadelphia, PA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

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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san francisco
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015 NEW

We had a fabulous time in Bangkok. thanx to the destination experts and the non experts - all who take time to write and give a valuable perspective. We stayed at the Renaissance hotel in the Sukhumvit area. Loved it. It is just off the Chitlom san on the BTS which made it doubly attractive. We are Marriott members so... More 

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Malacca, Malaysia
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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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Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Been there on a very busy day, the 2nd of Jan, emperor's birthday. quite packed! huge gardens but it's quite hard to get a view of the palace.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

I got lucky when i visited japan. They had open the Imperial Palace for the Emperor's 80th birthday. They estimated about 800 thousand visitor for that one day. Japanese people have great manners and ability to maintain order. The crowd walked and walked in groups, no one shout or screaming... just just spoke softly to each other and patiently wait... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

i went on 2nd jan where the inside grounds are opened for public. Usually only the gardens are opened. But on the public open day they would close the gardens. the crowd is massive but japan has excellent crowd control. its a slow orderly 45 mins march into the interior where everyone waited 10 mins to see the royal family.... More 

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Sydney
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

The Imperial Palace is an easy walk from the main Tokyo railway station. The palace itself is not open to the public but adjacent are the Imperial Palace East Gardens which are very pleasant and built around an old fort, the ruins of which form a lookout. The day we visited, there was a very interesting exhibition in one of... More 

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KL
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

We applied this tour through web months ago. That was a rainy day when we visited Imperial Palace. After we entered the gate, we were guided to visitor hall whereby a video was show. You are advised to place your bags in to locker as the tour will take 1 hour. The guide brought us to tour the palace, i.e.... More 

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Hout Bay, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

If you visit today everything is closed to the public so all you will see is the high society going into the palace to sing happy birthday to the emperor. You could how ever see the bridge and was nice to see some nationalistic pride . The gardens are worth a visit to . Station to get off at is... More 

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Naples, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

We went to the Imperial Gardens and Palace as a stop on our tour. We were looking forward to our visit but came away very disappointed. Gardens are lovely but the Palace is another thing. You have to cross a bridge, come upon the Gate to the Palace grounds and then there is nothing to see. Looking now at the... More 

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