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“Imperial palace gardens - a little disappointing” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin)

The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin)
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Cherry Blossom Viewing and Tokyo Tower Tour
Ranked #6 of 260 things to do in Chiyoda
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: These beautiful gardens are located outside of the Imperial Palace. Access to the gardens is open to the public although the palace itself is off limits.
Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Imperial palace gardens - a little disappointing”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2013

I went on the guided palace tour in December, 2012. To be honest I found the tour a little disappointing - had initially though that you would see the residence from the outside like the White House or Buckingham Palace but that was not to be - the residence was behind a further wall and not to be seen even in the distance. Whilst an audio service in English was provided on the tour, often the guide made comments or statements in Japanese which I couldn't understand, for example he said something and pointed to a tree and everyone made a noise of excitment - I had no idea what I was supposed to be looking at or for - turned out to be a cherry blossom.

There was no resting on the tour and trying to keep in four lines was ridiculous. Some of the historic building like the old keeps looked great but the state meeting rooms were not that impressive from the outside.

It was also unusual that if you wanted to buy any souvenirs, you had to do so before the tour started and carry them with you.

Overall the tour was well guided and they ensured everyone was kept safe but looking back other than saying I 've been there nothing else was that memorable.

Visited December 2012
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“Nice garden but not a 'must see'”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2013

Accessible from Tokyo station or Otemachi station, this is the only part of the Imperial Palace complex which is accessible to the public without a booking. It is a large, well maintained garden located in a historically important part of the Palace grounds, however it is not spectacular and has no views of the Imperial Palace itself. It is free and I combined this with a visit to the nearby Yasukini Shrine, however unless you are already in the area or a garden fan then there are better ways to spend your time in Tokyo.

Visited December 2012
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Denver, Colorado
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“cold and misty”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2013

We loved walking around the gardens and although it was very cold and grey, the light mist softened the scenery and allowed us a quiet, relatively tourist free day.

Visited December 2012
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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“Exactly what you see in movies”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 13, 2012

Bring your camera with you and immerse yourself in the perfect zen garden! We spent an entire day there just admisring the stunning sceneries. Would return again.

Visited September 2012
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Brisbane, Australia
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“Beautiful”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 6, 2012

We spent hours walking around this very large garden. It was stunning and really needs a good half day to appreciate it.

Visited January 2012
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