In the middle of the bustling capital of Japan we took some time out to wander around the eastern gardens of the Imperial Palace and original Edo castle site.
The main castle area is only open to the public 2 days a year but some closed areas can be accessed via prior booking. There is no charge to enter the gardens.
The gardens were fresh and bright after 2 days of heavy rain and the walk allowed us time to enjoy the peace and quite away from the hustle and bustle of Tokyo proper.
To get there you can use the subway and pop out at Takebashi which was just across the road from the Eastern Gate.
There is a small "Tea House" where you can get drinks, souvenirs and rest your feet.
Take the time and enjoy the tranquility.
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