It does make for a great picture outside and the structures were impressive. However you can't get anywhere near it. I can understand why since the Imperial family lives there. Similar to Buckingham Palace without the changing of the guard.
There are actually 2 days that you can get a closer view around the winter holidays but I suspect that they are extremely crowded.
We spent about 10 minutes in total. Most of that time was just walking from the parking lot. If you have never seen it I do think it is worth the quick visit.
I would still recommend other places like Matsue Castle if you want to actually see something impressive.
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