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Address: 1-1 Chiyoda, Chiyoda 100-8111, Tokyo Prefecture
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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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guided tour for THE IMPERIAL PALACE IN TOKYO

Reservation is required prior to visit. Recommended to be kikyo-mon gate 15mins before start of tour (10am or 1.30pm). There are limited audio guides available. The tour covers... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Hillsboro, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Although you are not able to enter the ground, the exterior views are amazing and will leave you curious and intrigued. I used the exterior grounds of the palace to run very early in the morning and allowed me some amazing views. The Palace is located directly in the center of the city and so beautiful.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We knew that most of the palace grounds were not open to the public , but assumed that we would see something . We were wrong and were disappointed having taken the trouble to visit to find that there's nothing much to do but walk across a large gravelled area to queue with many other tourists to get a distant... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This isn't far from Tokyo Station so we took a walk through the accessible area - Imperial Palace East Gardens (no fee to enter, but you obtain/return a token upon entry/exit. Admittedly I would've got more out of this if I had sprung for the audio guide, but it wasn't too interesting for me. I'd recommend it more in peak... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This is free to the public, all you need to do is grab an entrance token from the guard at the gate and return it when you are finished walking around. The palace grounds is pretty big and walk from one end to the other would take about 20-30 min at a leisurely stroll, but if you stop to take... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Easy to wander around on your own and enjoy the beauty and history, I s a good idea to read up on the site before visiting , it makes it even more magical . Even in February the gardens are beautiful.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Reservation is required prior to visit. Recommended to be kikyo-mon gate 15mins before start of tour (10am or 1.30pm). There are limited audio guides available. The tour covers Fushimi-yagura Keep and Kyuden Totei Plaza and Seimon-tetsubashi Bridge (Main Gate Bridge; Nijubashi).

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We were in Tokyo for 6 nights and although cold, very dry and well worth a walk around on a beautiful sunny day. Naturally, as it is winter there are not many flowers but that should not stop a visit. The history behind the palace and its gardens is worth reading about and do make sure you go in the... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A nice bit of history to explore, although compared to other temples/shrines/gardens, it isn't spectacular. However, there isn't an admission fee as most others have. I do think this garden may be more spectacular in the warmer months when flowers are in bloom.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We detour to visit the Imperial Palace. Entrance is free. We were to lucky to see Sakura flower blooming in the garden which was not expected. There is a Sakura path way which you can walk and enough the Sakura flower. Surprising there is also a Mandrian Orange tree near by.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We booked the walking tour of the palace grounds. It was very disappointing, you basically walk past one large hall, cross a bridge and return. It takes an hour, lots of officialdom, not allowed to stand on the footpath of the bridge. We missed out on one of the limited English translators. When you arrive in the assembly hall, request... More 

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