Unfortunately, we were not able to get an Imperial Palace tour (tip - be sure to book a reservation for the Imperial Palace tour a month in advance. We tried to book three weeks before our scheduled arrival and all the spots were already booked up). Thus, we were just limited to visiting the East Gardens. The place is easy to get to - it's a close walk from Otemachi Station.
There is a large moat around the complex which is fairly picturesque. Once you get into the gates and they issue you a pass and you're free to explore. The grounds are fairly large and well manicured. There are especially nice large stone structures and work that were recently (within the last few decades) restored to the complex. There were also a few historical structures, especially guard quarters. However, people cannot enter the quarters. We also entered a small museum but nothing of note that I could remember was in there. There are also certain areas which are heavily inclined so it may be difficult for seniors to traverse certain areas.
Nevertheless, there was nothing to really do except just walk the trails/walkways in the area and do a quick walkthrough. The place is not really worth it unless you get an Imperial Palace tour. The Imperial family or government need to make this area a bit more interesting for visitors - or perhaps the original goal is not to make it too interesting.
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