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“Pretty but not that special.”

The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin)
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$305.04*
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Tokyo City Private Tour by Subway
Ranked #6 of 397 things to do in Chiyoda
Certificate of Excellence
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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 August 21, 2013

These gardens are more picturesque than the grounds facing the Imperial Palace or the nearby Hibiya Park. Skip the latter and head straight for the East Gardens. The pond/lake is especially beautiful with its landscaping and greenery. If you have seen other gardens in Kyoto or Nara, feel free skipping these. Otherwise, do stop by if Tokyo is your only stop in Japan. The main gate stone bridge is an unnecessary site in my opinion; it faces a swamp of a moat and is not at all picturesque.

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Reviewed August 21, 2013

We thought we would see flowers,water features,statues etc but we saw lots of grass and some nice trees but that's about it. Take lots of water and wear a hat if going in Summer.

Thank Jen O
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Reviewed August 19, 2013

Spend some time strolling in this quite and picturesque Garden. Plenty of shade and water features make it lovely. Well maintained and relaxing.

Thank frequenteater
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Reviewed August 6, 2013 via mobile

I was a bit unimpressed with this park, but the visit was very pleasurable anyway. Seeing the park in mid August is perhaps not the best time of the year, but it is nonetheless a nice green oasis in the middle of Tokyo's traffic and skyscrapers. Entrance was free of charge and that made the visit all the more worthwhile.

Thank f64CM
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Reviewed August 4, 2013

You can remove yourself from the hustle and bustle of Tokyo. The gardens are lush in a historical setting. It is difficult to take in the historical buildings (no access) and they underplay the history of the location. Still a good place to get out and walk. I suspect spring or fall would be better than hot/humid summer.

Thank Ross C
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