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Imperial Palace

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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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Imperial Palace

Beautiful palace, but can only be seen from afar. The walk from the main entrance gate to the East Garden is about 20 min walking so bring walking shoes.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Beautiful palace, but can only be seen from afar. The walk from the main entrance gate to the East Garden is about 20 min walking so bring walking shoes.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

If you have visited Buckingham Palace, then this may be a disappointment. Sure the gardens are beautiful and it does attract the tourists and locals but you can't actually see the castle, as it is not open to the public, and is located behind bridges, trees etc. However we were fortunate enough to see the Emperor drive past on his... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Located near the JR Tokyo Station, the Imperial Palace has beautiful buildings and scenery. The place is well maintained and has a peaceful atmosphere. There are many tour buses that drop its' tourists off near photo-op spots, so watch out for that as those tourists can be quite noisy. Also, there are a bunch of fences that make it impossible... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

This was our third visit to Tokyo, and we visited a couple new attractions while there! The Tokyo Imperial Palace, literally, "Imperial Residence" is the main residence of the Emperor of Japan. It is a large park-like area located in the Chiyoda ward of Tokyo and contains several buildings including the main palace; which is the private residences of the... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

While you can get a glimpse of the actual palace, it is closed to tourists and so you can only walk as far as the bridge that crosses the moat to the Palace. The area directly in front is very sparse as it's used for ceremonies. However, the rest of the grounds are a beautiful park that have beautifully sculpted... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

Most attractions in Tokyo are open late...except for the Imperial Palace. Make sure you allow plenty of time. They close at 5pm sharp.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

While you cannot get to the actual palace from here, this lovely park with wonderful trees and lawns enable you some superb photo-ops of the palace and the famous bridge. The best time to visit the park is at dusk, as the color of the skies and the backdrop of the palace are absolutely stunning. Access if free of charge.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

We could not see anything, just the reconstruction of the main gate, and the palace far away. Better to visit the garden

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

Of course we didn't enter the Palace but only the garden outside it. it was a nice place at the middle of this Japan capital. Sakura is beautiful but the only drawback is too noisy from some visitors.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

If arrived a century ago there certainly would have been more to see. Today, after the II WW bombing only the foundations of the huge complex can be seen. The former Imperial palace grounds are turned into a beautiful Japanese garden in the very city center where you can have a pleasant walk, specially at cherry blossom time. After visiting... More 

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