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“My fave garden and its free” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin)

The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin)
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Cherry Blossom Viewing and Tokyo Tower Tour
Ranked #6 of 259 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.
Miami
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“My fave garden and its free”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2014

Higashi Gyoen is an amazing place not only for the huge variety of plants, trees and all other greenery, but its wide open spaces feel even bigger after the confines of the big city. Exploring this park will really help put the spark back in your step

Visited April 2013
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“oasis in the city”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2014

we could here the guards practicing martial arts & I was thinking this would be a good attraction. Every tree or bush is labeled. We came to a small lake in the middle that was just so tranquil that you felt that you had to sit on a bench & take in the beauty

Visited October 2013
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“Nice, especially in Autumn”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2014

I've visited the gardens in both winter and autumn, and it was much better in autumn. The colours are stunning and the gardens provide a sense of serenity with a modern city backdrop. Very interesting to see how perfectly pruned all the trees are.

Visited November 2013
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“Nice garden ”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2013 via mobile

There is nothing much here but nice plants and flowers. What used to be a massive palace has been destroyed by fire, wars etc. Still, if you want to just escape from the hustle and bustle of city life, this is a nice hideout.

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“A serene spot in the middle of Tokyo, but not much to see”
3 of 5 bubbles 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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