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Imperial Palace

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Address: 1-1 Chiyoda, Chiyoda 100-8111, Tokyo Prefecture
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Phone Number: +81 3-3213-1111
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes
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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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In the center of the city an oasis of tranquility. Unfortunetly you can't get acces to the palace unless you are there on New year or on the anniversary of the emperor. Only he... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Michel L
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103 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

In the center of the city an oasis of tranquility. Unfortunetly you can't get acces to the palace unless you are there on New year or on the anniversary of the emperor. Only he and is wife live there. The fortifications are fantastic and go back to the time of the shogun. You see the palace from far away but... More 

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Manila, Philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

i cant imagine in the center of tokyo's modern and busy metropolis, there's a place where you can find serenity, solitude and culture.

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Tokyo, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

If you are staying in the marunochi area, this is a must see. i love coming here, there's always something about it that i really like

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Bundaberg, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

No trip to Tokyo will be complete without a visit to the Imperial Palace. Take half a day to stroll through and soak it all up.

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Bromley, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Not a whole lot to see for the average sightseer. So ok to stick your nose in if you're in the area but not worth a special trip as you can't get anywhere near it. Was expecting either spectacular view like Buckingham Palace or an experience like the palace in Bangkok. Is neither sadly

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Edmonton, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is our second visit after six years The palace is located behind the park It is surrounded by mature trees and bushes which provide its serenity and beauty...excellent for photography ..if you can avoid the constant flow of tourist Unfortunately there are lots of homeless people sleeping on the lawn,which is one of the most expensive piece of land... More 

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Missouri City, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We walked around the outer area of the Imperial Palace our 2nd day in Tokyo. The grounds were immaculate and the environment was quiet and serene. It was quite interesting to view this centuries old palace in the middle of modern, high-rise buildings.

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Burlington, Vermont
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We had to be at the gate for a 12 noon distribution of tickets, and since we were forewarned that there were only 180 tickets available for that tour, we got there before 11:30. It was a long time standing along the road until the tickets were finally distributed. Then we were told to be back there at 1 to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

To take the Imperial Palace grounds tour, you have to request a spot in advance. Spots fill up quickly. We had to do it a month in advance, right as tickets for the day we wanted became available (about 2am our time). The tour is free but you cannot take it without the advance reservation. The tour starts with a... More 

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Mexico City, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Although closed to the public the palace is visible from the street. Make sure you don't confuse this with the east garden entrance.

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