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Imperial Palace

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Address: 1-1 Chiyoda, Chiyoda 100-8111, Tokyo Prefecture
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+81 3-3213-1111
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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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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As many have mentioned - you'll need some advanced planning to visit behind the walls. We decided not to wait for the interior tours and basically went to the same western spot... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Sydney, Australia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Seriously you do not go anywhere near the castle and only see it from across water over a bridge...the gardens were lovely but best in spring or autumn I would imagine. It was winter when we were there.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a good place to visit in spring or summer rather than in Winter. Particularly for the gardens as there isn't a lot to see during winter when everything is dry. However if you plan in advance and register for a guided tour you will be able to see behind the walls which could be more interesting.

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I went for a tour and it was pretty cool, though there's a rather long walk to get the side of the castle but it was cool, all I really remember was the sweet potato chip stand which serves the best chips for only 1 yen

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Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

you can book online for the tour of the palace. however, due to overwhelming response, the headset for tourists, who requires translation were not available. thus we simply walked around the palace, not understanding a thing about the tour. the east gardens was however more pleasant. you can wander in, without a booking. just collect a token and return when... More 

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Selangor, Malaysia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We went there on the 2nd of January to see the appearance of the Royal family. They gave out their flags and we were wondering why and thought it was a tourist thing. Turns out when the Royal family came out onto their balcony, everyone waved their flag enthusiastically! What a sight!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

As many have mentioned - you'll need some advanced planning to visit behind the walls. We decided not to wait for the interior tours and basically went to the same western spot that everyone goes to. It was a rainy wintery day, which only added to the bleakness of the gravel yard.

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Cairns, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Not much to see in winter at the gardens since most gardens are dead. The garden was mostly visited by foreigners. Not a must do on my Tokyo visit list.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Emperor makes an appearance twice a year, and the palace is opened to the public. 50k+ people for new year greeting!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This has to be one of the most massive temple areas I've visited. You could go on for hours here without having explored everything. Some ruins, some plants, huge open areas and a bunch of temples to gaze at in almost every corner of the park. (Visited: June, 2015)

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Tips : - Closed on Friday and other big days in Japan - The Magnificent park is inside - There are some photo spot near the main entrace bridge - There nothing to do if you're outside the wall

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