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“Great garden and palace”
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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.
Hong Kong, China
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
“Great garden and palace”
Reviewed August 3, 2013

Great place to walk around and take photos. Make sure you take one in front of Nijobashi bridge. Quite a bit of a walk on the palace grounds, but it is so beautiful that it must be done!

Visited July 2013
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Dallas, Texas
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“Waste of time, mostly”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

I would give the guided tour zero stars and the palace and the park two stars. You get a device with recorded messages in English, though the messages themselves are very basic, not truly descriptive and short. It did not help that the guide would not let us know which number we were suppose to select as we were walking from one attraction to the next. The tour is brief, definitely did not feel like the 90 minutes we were told about. The palace itself looks very basic from the outside, not much to look at. The park areas are not maintained on the same level you see in Europe. If you had a chance to visit royal castles in Europe and expect something comparable, probably you will be disappointed.

Visited July 2013
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Vancouver, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 140 helpful votes
“Look but don't touch”
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.

Visited July 2013
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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.

Visited July 2013
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Brisbane, Australia
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“Less than impressive”
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.

Visited June 2013
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