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Imperial Palace

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Ginza / Tokyo Nihonbashi
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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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nice but do not go in that area just for this.

i included this in a day walk and it was a good call i think. although on the map it looks huge it is not (and when you minus with the off limit area it s even smaller... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Botolan, Philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Bring lots of water, or an empty water bottle to refill when you visit. Also get a free map from the visitors' center

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Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

i included this in a day walk and it was a good call i think. although on the map it looks huge it is not (and when you minus with the off limit area it s even smaller) arrive from Ginza by walking to feel the majestic of the place through this large avenue. it will also help to cool... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Difficult to get close to actual palace. Best you can do is catch a glimpse. Nice to see, though. All together we got off the tour bus, walked 15 minutes to gates where the guards stand, took some pictures and walked back to the bus. The rest rooms near the parking lot are decent with squat and western toilets. Also... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I booked the visit online as you can't just walk in. There has to be advanced reservation. For my desired date, I was able to book about 3 weeks in advance but I saw the slots have already filled up quickly for the other dates. I suggest that if your day of visit is not flexible, book it way in... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

My review is tempered by the fact I was limited to where we could go due to it being a Friday and much of the grounds being closed. I found the building to be really interesting considering when it was built and how it has withstood the earthquakes and other issues over the years. Would like to go back with... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The East Garden of the Imperial Palace is open to everyone for free. This is highly recommended, as there are some great views and history to be seen. We booked a tour through the Imperial Household Agency in order to view the palace grounds, and that can definitely be skipped. We were herded around in a group of around 300... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We didn't realise how much walking was going to be done until we got there. It's huge! But sadly, not much to see. It was a great walk, and it's free, but it was mostly just that. Some nice e scenery here and there but... Wasn't the most thrilling place.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I wanted to knock on the door, but the Emperor wasn't home ;-) If you're at Tokyo station, it's just a few blocks walk to get there. You can get some nice photos of the mote, stone walls, guard towers and the gates. If you have time, this would be a worthwhile photo op.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

An amazing experience everyone should have on their visit to Tokyo. A little hot for being outside but with the moats and trees around, it definitely helped. The whole palace is breathtaking and an amazing work of art

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It was very different from Buckingham Palace in London, which we could see clearly in front of us. To our disappointment the Japanese Imperial Palace was hidden behind the bridges and trees. The gates may be opened for the public only on special occasions like New Year’s Day and the Emperor’s Birthday, when the emperor and his family appear on... More 

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