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“Wonderful Japanese gardens”

The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin)
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Ranked #6 of 300 things to do in Chiyoda
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 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.
Reviewed March 5, 2013

If you are close to this area, it is a must-see. Beautiful grounds and lots of interesting history. Several nice tea rooms on the property as well.

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Reviewed February 24, 2013

I expected the biggest, most extensive outdoor Japanese style garden I've ever seen, with quaint little teahouses and so on, and it wasn't quite that. The entire East Gardens area is quite large but much of it is taken up by a big open park area where a portion of the old Imperial Palace buildings used to be. There are some neat historical features, such as the base of the ancient donjon (fortress) that was part of the palace complex, and there are really nice signs everywhere telling you about particular historical features and so on.

There is a portion of the complex that is a traditional Japanese style outdoor garden, and it's definitely the best part in my opinion. If you're in the area I would definitely suggest it as a good place to take an hour or two walk in the park, especially since there is no entrance fee. Even in February when we were there it was beautiful, so I'm sure in spring it's absolutely amazing.

Thank kakos_theo
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Reviewed February 17, 2013

I didn't expect too many flowers since it was Feb, but there were a few blooming which was surprising and they were very bright. lots of big open spaces for picnics too, but that would be more of a summer thing

Thank Alexandra M
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Reviewed February 15, 2013

One must know that the entrance is free but there are closed days.

Once you are inside, the guards' wooden houses are quite interesting to see because they are traditional ones but as there are 2 different gardens, if you go on the left, you will find the huge western-style garden and on the right, you will find the beautiful Japanese garden.

The western-style garden has a big open-space, big trees and various kinds of plantations, but you seem you are no where but in the Imperial Palace garden because it is not pretty. It is quite a waste of time having such a large space but not returning it more cute and more attractive.

This kind of garden is not as significant for me as the Japanese one which has beautiful ponds and Japanese lanterns with Koi's fishes. I have so far taken one of the most beautiful photographs of this garden, exactly like the beautiful ones I took in Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

Besides, the Museum of the Imperial Collections, near the entrance gate is worthwhile having a look, especially when we were there in December 2012, there was the exhibition of "Handwritings of Emperors and Master Calligraphy of the Kamakura Period" and there is no entrance fee.

Thank Victoria C
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Reviewed February 8, 2013

I visited the gardens in a grey day of end of November.
Breathtaking colours of a manicured garden with a nice pond with Koi's.
Entrance is free, they limit the amount of visitors though by means of tokens distributed at the entrance.

Thank Susy-1974
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