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“Skip the palace, go for the gardens”

The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin)
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$288.32*
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Tokyo City Private Tour by Subway
Ranked #5 of 266 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.
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“Skip the palace, go for the gardens”
Reviewed September 10, 2013

One word of advice. Skip the Tokyo Imperial Palace. It's a waste of time. Instead, stroll through the East Gardens of the Imperial Palace. It is much larger, more beautiful, and it's free!

This place has all sorts of Japanese trees and plants and has a nice scenery/landscape. Make sure you bring a camera and take lots of photos. There are lots of benches to sit on too if you get tired.

Visited August 2013
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“not a muss in tokyo”
Reviewed September 8, 2013

the east gardens of the imperial palace is definitely not a muss when visiting tokyo. although the entrance fee was free (fortunately), there was nothing special or interesting in this garden. well we took advantage of the time to freshen up and rest a bit.

Visited August 2013
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“A lot of garden, not much palace”
Reviewed September 5, 2013

We wandered into the East Gardens thinking it was leading us into the Palace. Unfortunately we didn't realise that the palace only opens two days a year so we only saw it from afar. The trip wasn't entirely wasted though; the gardens are beautiful with plenty of greenery, interesting flowers and trees and a lake filled with koi carp. It was also nice to look up and see the skyscrapers surrounding us in such a peaceful place. There's also a few historic buildings around with signs describing what they used to be and a great art gallery with some lovely pieces.
It's worth popping by if you're in the area but don't go out of your way.

Visited October 2012
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“Nice but do nt put off other things”
Reviewed August 26, 2013

If you have spare time in Tokyo this is worth viewing but you do nt get to see the actual palace so slightly disappointing.

Visited August 2013
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“Worth saying you have been but not much to see”
Reviewed August 26, 2013

Not really worth the effort in going, there is not much to see and the gardens aren't spectacular - lots of high walls. Go to 'Hama Rikyu' which is by far much more beautiful and peaceful with great views over the Bay

Visited August 2013
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