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“Enjoy the tranquility.” 4 of 5 stars
Review of The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin)

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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Type: Castles, Historic Sites, Gardens, Outdoors
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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.
Melbourne, Australia
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“Enjoy the tranquility.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

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.

Visited May 2014
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“Avoid in summer”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

We were not able to enjoy this garden, Maybe because the Chinese garden I saw were different, and probably I was expecting something like that. But most probably, you simply don't have to do our mistake: don't go in August. If you are in Tokyo in summer, simply don't go there or you will not enjoy and will not have a good memory to bring back home. With the temperature of a Japanese summer, it's impossible to walk in that garden, you will have no refreshment.

Visited August 2013
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“Beautiful Garden that is picturesque in the spring”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

This was a very peaceful and beautiful garden. The paths were paved and large and everything was well labeled. The entryway to this garden is open to everyone. you need to have a reservation to get into the private area. We were fortunate to be here when the azaleas were in bloom and it was amazing! Flowers, lovely walls, birds, and lots of area to roam makes this a great place to spend an afternoon.

Visited May 2014
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Bangkok, Thailand
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“walking tour in closed area”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

You can book via the website to visit the closed area inside the palace.
The east garden is open area, no reservation needed. But in the close area, you need to make a reservation, and print out the confirmation.
Walking tour takes about one hour.

Visited May 2014
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“Nice picnin / stroll area”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

This is the open part of the Imperial Palace where the gardens and old castle are. No entrance fee to this place where you can be away from the city in the heart of the city. Beautiful grounds and diverse gardens, including a japanese style garden, rose gardens, tree, large open lawn area and walking pathways. One can spend a few hours here, reading, meditating, seeing the sights or having a lovely picnic with family or friends. In addition to being a part of the present day residence of the emperor, this place has historical significance as it goes back to the Edo/shogun times. On the outside perimeter of the palace joggers can be seen under cherry trees that line the pavement, a beautiful sight during the cherry blossom season.

Visited April 2014
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