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“Look but don't touch”
Review of Imperial Palace

Imperial Palace
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed July 24, 2013

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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Reviewed July 17, 2013

This place is so beautiful, it is a shame that we couldn't get closer to the place. We did not know that palace was still occupied, however while we were disappointed that we couldn't access the palace, the grounds around are magnificent. Great spot for photos, we even saw some ladies drawing the bridge which was lovely.

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Reviewed July 15, 2013

We had booked a tour in advance, which you must do to enter.
The capital had only moved here from Kyoto a few hundred years ago, and then almost all of the buildings etc were destroyed during the World War. What is left is a couple of measly keeps, (the most impressive relocated from Kyoto), a bridge and a very modern and humble looking building which is the current 'palace'. The tour was in Japanese, but free audio guides were available. These were interesting enough.. but as far as an interesting site goes.. this is far from exciting.
I had previously been to Kyoto and the temples and palace there are older, more beautiful and more interesting. If you want to see a 'palace' go find a castle. Even if they are recreated, Osaka Castle or Odawara castle are impressive at least.
We were all quite glad when I heard the audio guide saying 'This concludes the tour'. I wouldnt go here unless you were really stuck for other things to do in Tokyo.

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Reviewed July 14, 2013

This is where the imperial family lives. So, many parts are off limits. Still, what you can see is worth seeing.

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Reviewed June 28, 2013

You have to go there,it is a important touristic landmark, but no more. Nice surroundings, including Tokyo Station, a long walk, free, but you go, take pictures, see tourist, ang go to walk to another neighborhood

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