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“Easy walk and nice photos”

The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin)
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$106.02*
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Cherry Blossom Viewing and Tokyo Tower Tour
Ranked #5 of 352 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 July 3, 2013

It looks like the distance on any map is long but we walked from the International Forum building to the garden easily. Its nice to be out in a wide open space. The photo op of the palace and two bridges was great

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Reviewed July 1, 2013

The gardens are very large and we spent several hours walking around through all of the areas. The flower garden was just amazing and the waterfall was also just gorgeous. I took so many lovely pictures. You can also see some of the old castle walls as well which was neat. It was touristy of course and there were a lot of people. I also didn't see any of the specialized Japanese garden areas like the small manicured trees and brides, which is why I gave it 4 stars instead of five. I would have liked to have seen some of the more intricate details that I have seen in other Japanese gardens.

Thank Krista_B8
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Reviewed June 26, 2013

Who wouldn't want to see the Imperial Gardens! The East gardens are beautiful and well kept in general. There is one part of the garden particularly beautiful around a small lake. You can walk the entire garden in about 1 hour and the entrance is free.

We wanted to appreciate the cherry blossoms as we went on time late March, so we explored Ueno Park and the East Garden. Undoubtedly, Ueno has the best cherry blossom spots, whereas the East Gardens has just a few of them, but still beautiful. There is also a lawn where people can sit on but I didn't see anyone with picnic, whereas in Ueno Park we saw many.

The Otemon entrance to the East Gardens is a short walk from Otemachi Station and can also be reached in a 10-15 minute walk from Tokyo Station. It's a nice walk you can do on your way in or out around Nihonbashi and Marunouchi

Hours: 9:00 to 16:30 (until 17:00 from mid April through August; until 16:00 from November through February).

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Reviewed June 17, 2013

It was the iris season when I visited, so there were many people looking at the iris garden which was beautiful. The hydrangeas were also in flower, and looked lovely. The moat, walls and guard towers on the way in were also interesting to look at.

I was a little disappointed that the garden was not as well-kept as other gardens I visited in Japan. The hedges needed clipping, and there were rather long weeds in parts.

However there are some interesting specialist gardens here eg the tea garden, and a traditional Japanese fruit orchard. Probably for those people who are really interested in gardens.

Thank Selsy
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Reviewed June 11, 2013

One of the prettiest sights is the formal garden with azaleas, cherry trees and coi on a path just to the right after the entry gate.

Thank D_PN
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