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“A serene spot in the middle of Tokyo, but not much to see”

The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin)
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$295.45*
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Tokyo City Private Tour by Subway
Ranked #6 of 264 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.
Renton, Washington
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“A serene spot in the middle of Tokyo, but not much to see”
Reviewed December 15, 2013

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.

Visited November 2013
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“Great to see some history of Japan.”
Reviewed December 8, 2013

We were on a JTB / Sunrise Tour. We loved the stone work surrounding the palace. The gardens are beautiful and well maintained. There were lots of joggers in the area. Great sight to see.

Visited September 2013
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“Beautiful well maintained Gardens”
Reviewed November 27, 2013

There is no charge and the gardens are beautiful and well maintained well worth the time to see them. Took an unhurried walk down the various paths and the Edo ruin. The fortification walls and gates are amazing to see with the huge dry laid blocks. Only a 'hill' remains of the actual castle

Visited November 2013
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“Just another Garden”
Reviewed November 26, 2013

Free entry into the gardens. Went there on a Saturday, so there is a number of people in there. You have to change a pass to enter and to return it when you exit. There is a small museum that houses some art work, takes about 5 mins max. Then a walk around the old walls and that is about it. Most of the buildings are no entry too.

Visited November 2013
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“Nothing much here, just pass by on your way to the gardens”
Reviewed November 19, 2013

The ruins themselves are pretty much just..ruins. There isn't much to see here, so just pass on by to the garden, which is what we're really here for.

Visited October 2013
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