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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.
Suggested duration: < 1 hour
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1-1 Chiyoda, Chiyoda 100-8111, Tokyo Prefecture
Ginza / Tokyo Nihonbashi
+81 3-3213-1111
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We reserve our tickets online weeks in advance for this guided tour, there are tours in English, Japanese and Chinese. The tour is well organized and the guide walked with us and point to the history and architectural significance at each stop. Be prepared to...More

1  Thank TerenceT
Reviewed 3 days ago

This tour should take an entire day, as the place is huge. The garden is beautiful and set in form, perfection. Same for the Palace, even it might be a bit hyped. The group was not too big but also not too small, a good...More

Thank utter12tom
Reviewed 4 days ago

Extensive and beautifully kept park and trees with neat pathways scrupulously kept clean. But after a while it became a little 'dry' ( not just because it was hot) but because there were no real flower beds or use of water pools / fountains etc....More

Thank cassiuslonginus
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It was a very hot day but at least toilets and indoor areas were cool. The gardens were good but I have seen better in Japan. Still well worth a visit even though you cannot see the royal palace.

Thank John G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

There’s nothing much to see here apart from walls and average gardens. We spent a long time looking for the place where that iconic picture is taken with the bridge, when we found it we were a bit disappointed as it wasn’t particularly stunning. Go...More

1  Thank ABristol82
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you like trees and roads like motorway, thats how it looks. Better take pictures from outside. The day we went it was free, palace closed. If you got time enough maybe its nice, for us waste of time, made wrong choice.

Thank Saskia K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We intended to visit the Palace East Gardens but were disappointed to find out that the gardens were closed on Fridays. However we were fortunate to discover that the Palace Grounds were open and joined a large tour group for a walk around the buildings....More

1  Thank Sandyretriever
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went after the garden closed, and didn't do any sort of tour- just looked at it from the outside. It was very cool to see, and the perfect picture of peace and serenity. Beautiful. I'd recommend it if you're in the area, but don't...More

Thank jimjomjamie
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Reservation is necessary if you visit the Imperial Palace. It can be done online. The Imperial Palace is huge and the security is very tight, the staff will ask you to move on quickly and stay with the guided tour if you're falling behind. The...More

2  Thank Mic C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went to check this out, was overly underwhelmed by the whole experience. One thing that was impressive is to see the ancient walls were built perfect, I mean the stone alignments; although after noticing that the current walls were rebuilt/reinforced using modern tools to help,...More

1  Thank JorginhoValente
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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
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