Imperial Palace

Imperial Palace, Chiyoda: Address, Phone Number, Imperial Palace Reviews: 4/5

Imperial Palace
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Points of Interest & Landmarks • Historic Walking Areas • Architectural Buildings • Government Buildings
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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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Neighborhood: Ginza / Tokyo Nihonbashi
Ginza is famous for being a trendy hotspot, but it's also a downtown area with shops that were founded over a hundred years ago. Department stores and luxury boutiques line the route from Nihonbashi to Ginza. It's a long established tradition to shop and stroll while the road is closed to traffic. Luxury hotels, world class cuisine from talented chefs, and a collection of glitzy clubs will make this area popular with anyone looking for a night out.
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Joanne H
London, UK602 contributions
Aug 2021
Numbers for the free tours are currently restricted due to Covid, but this also means that it's easy to pick up a ticket on the day. Turn up from 9am to the Kikyo-Mon gate with ID and you get a numbered form to fill in, which from 9.30am gets you entry to the grounds. Tour begins at 10am and lasts about an hour. You're shepherded efficiently past the main sights including the large Imperial Palace building, warned not to fall off a bridge, and that's broadly it. Our guide was very good, with excellent English, but the outsides of buildings and large empty plazas are perhaps not the most exciting thing to see. On the other hand, it's free.

The East Gardens were a little bare in August. I suspect they would be better in spring or autumn.
Written August 11, 2021
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RaoulJean
Tokyo, Japan530 contributions
Oct 2020
If you enjoyed seeing the imperial gardens, you can see more of them by booking the (free) imperial garden tour, on the imperial website. The whole tour last about 90mns, and though not mind-blowing, gives you access to view-point seldom seen.
Also, you can see (from outside only...) some buildings used by the imperial family, and the tour guide gives useful information.
Written September 30, 2021
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Jennefer N
Canberra, Australia291 contributions
Feb 2020 • Solo
Free admission no need to book but you have to go on one of the 2 organized tours there is one in the morning and one again at
1pm from the main entrance. Metro station Otemachi Exit C3 walk straight ahead cross the main road, turn left and walk about 20metres and you will see a pedestrian road on your right.Follow that to the end.You need to bring your passport and everyone is taken into a hall as the introduction taking about 30mins in total, involving a video and general housekeeping rules.You are then assigned to a guide of your chosen language and in my English speaking group there would have been about 150 people.It is a walking tour of about 40mins past buildings and over bridges and montiored by guards and also surveillance camera's Well worth a visit for the history
Written February 27, 2020
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Anu789
Pune, India143 contributions
Dec 2019
Tucked away in the heart of the city, the Imperial Palace is majestic a sight. Made my way for a morning run and it was quite an experience, although the chilly weather was a slight dampener. Would certainly recommend trying it out as it was quite an experience joining all the enthusiastic morning joggers.
Written April 30, 2020
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Jerry G
Coppell, TX488 contributions
Jan 2020
Although the gardens were pretty, serene and peaceful and the grounds were well kept and designed, they did not evoke the sense I had anticipated. No fault of the garden design but it was the wrong season to visit. Yes, the buildings, the general layout and structure of the stone walls were interesting to see, the lack of fresh greenery and flowers were disappointing. Save your visit for the spring, summer or fall to enjoy this garden. In the winter, your time can be better spent somewhere else in Tokyo
Written March 30, 2020
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OZ-Travelling-Family
Brisbane Australia280 contributions
Dec 2019
We arrived in December 8, on the last day of the free access to the interior gardens of the Imperial Palace that allowed the viewing of the Buildings used for the new emperor’s Daijosai ceremony. There were huge crowds but very orderly conduct allowed us to go through the inner gardens which are not often accessible to the public and see the buildings used for the emperor Naruhito’s Daijosai ceremony.
This however was a very rare occasion and never to be repeated until the enthronement of the next Emperor!
Otherwise the only accessible parts are the external gardens. Easy walk from Tokyo railway station.
Written January 18, 2020
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Afiqah
9 contributions
Dec 2019
This place is nice to walk around it. The surroundings are very peaceful and beautiful. It's very nice to sit down and just soak in the atmosphere. There are signs around with information on the place. It's informative. However, the houses in the Imperial Palace are restricted so you can only admire from afar. There are break rooms in the Imperial Palace where you can rest and buy souvenirs. They sold post cards with very pretty drawings on them. There are toilets and vending machines available in the place.
Written January 20, 2020
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patrickperbkk
Perth, Australia1,220 contributions
May 2019
The Imperial Palace open for public only twice a year, one during the New Year, another day is on the Emperor Birthday. However, the view from the outside was lovely. Also, the outdoor Japanese Garden is very peaceful. It's a great walk from Tokyo Station to the Palace. Should visit once when you are in Tokyo.
Written April 5, 2020
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Jay C
Toronto, Canada4 contributions
Oct 2019 • Solo
Just missed everything, I went to visit Tokyo station and the palace was right around the corner, they were inaugurating the new emperor the next day, so thet palace was closed. This place is a 10-20 minute walk from Tokyo station depending on where you are when you exit. It's worth a stop as the grounds are massive.
Written January 15, 2020
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Ian F
12 contributions
Mar 2020
We went to the Imperial Place on our last day in Tokyo and left with some lovely memories.The Palace is a beautiful building and the gardens are well worth the walk. It is a lovely place to go to refuel in amongst the hustle and bustle that is Tokyo. As soon as you stepped inside the gates of the Palace you could feel the history as well as a peacefulness that comes over you. It is popular with office workers and a great place for children to run around and release some energy. It was lovely to see the Koi Pond and quietly watch the fish swim around.
Written March 29, 2020
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