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The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin)

1-1 Chiyoda, Chiyoda 100-0001, Tokyo Prefecture
+81 3-3213-1111
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4.0 of 5 stars 436 Reviews
Type: Castles, Historic Sites, Gardens, Outdoors
Fee: No
Owner description: These beautiful gardens are located outside of the Imperial Palace...
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Type: Castles, Historic Sites, Gardens, Outdoors
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: These beautiful gardens are located outside of the Imperial Palace. Access to the gardens is open to the public although the palace itself is off limits.
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Sussex
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2012

I discovered that you can join an English speaking tour ( leaflet in TIC shop near Tokyo station) you meet in Central Entrance of new Tokyo station - look for someone holding up sign. It starts at 1pm in the station and then makes it way via the fountain garden ( between two moats) and on into the gardens -... More 

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Yokosuka, Japan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2012

We went on the emperor's birthday, so it was quite crowded. Even so,it was simply lovely. Beautiful fall colors, wide winding paths, history, wide open spaces. It's wonderful to look out from the serene gardens and see the contrasting big city Tokyo skyscrapers in the distance. Old and new, loved it!

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Tokyo, Japan
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57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2012

The best time for this gardens are during a particular flowers "season". So late may early june is AMAZING for irises. Early April is great for Sakura, November is great for the leaves changing color, etc.

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Bangkok, Thailand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2012

The garden is arranged in a beautiful style. Take your time and watch the Koi fishes in the ponds, and for history lovers, try the artifact museum located clode the entrance. It holds many interesting exhibition there. The gardens and the ponds itself are magnificent in itself and is superb for photographing.

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KOLKATA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2012

With a lot of expectation, we went to see the Imperial Palace tokyo but were dissapointed to find that only a distant glimpse of the Palace can be seen All the the gates are closed to the public. Only East Garden is open to see where there is not much worth seeing and it was not worth the long walk... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2012

I took a walk in the gardens after taking the guided tour of the palace grounds. I found it a delightful place to sit and stop for a while. The gardens are beautiful and immaculately preserved. There is plenty of seating in lovely spots, where you can either take in the beauty of the gardens or people watch. There are... More 

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2012

This garden is very different and beautiful, and it is admirable that the garden offers free entry to visitors. Please visit early to avoid the heat of the sun.

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Sydney, Australia
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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2012

Loved it here- so peaceful and in the middle of one of the busiest cities in the world. Peaceful for a stroll, benches for having a sandwich or a moment of meditation. Has all of the elements of a classical Japanese garden.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2012

Ever since I first saw the 1980's movie, Shogun, I have been interested in Japan. So, when I FINALLY had the opportunity to visit in June, I wanted to see and experience as much as possible. Given the limited amount of time I had on this trip, I'm glad that I visited the East Gardens of the Imperial Palace! Yes!... More 

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Hayle, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2012

Being a life long student of both Japanese History asd well as Arms & Armour, this is an essential visit. Splendid classic design with pretty much all you need to complete your desire to become a Samurai {I Jest}. After visiting the Nihonto (Japanese sword) museums and dealers most collectors will try to take in some castles. Would suggest that... More 

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