Imperial Palace, Chiyoda

3.4
#7 of 525 in Historic Sites in Tokyo
Home of the imperial family, Imperial Palace and its expansive grounds stand among the city's most popular attractions for foreign visitors. Badly damaged during World War II, the palace underwent a massive reconstruction project in the 1960s. Today, visitors tour the complex at the heart of the city to see the living and working quarters of the imperial family, as well as an array of historic landmarks that include lush gardens and a famous stone bridge. Keep in mind that you must book a tour by phone or via the palace website in order to join a guided tour on the day of your visit. Tour spots fill up fast, so reserve yours early to avoid disappointment upon arrival. Plan your visit to Imperial Palace and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Tokyo itinerary builder.
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  • August 17, 2017
    I visited this place with high expectation, but disappointed. there were not may things to see/do. I guess it is a Ok place to visit once if you are near by and has nothing to do. well, you have reall...  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    The only part of the hinterland of the Imperial Palace has always been open to the public for free is the East gardens of the Imperial Palace or Kōkyo Higashi Gyoen. Open every day less on Mondays, Fridays and sometimes special, are located in the area where they were once ancient circles of Defense of the castle of Edo, the honmaru (main circle) and the ninomaru (second circle of Defense), where we can now find a Japanese style garden. Today only the entrance gates, some towers, walls and moats.
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  • August 15, 2017
    Of the gardens I visited while in Tokyo (Yoyogi Park and Ueno park as well), this was the best maintained. I had an image in my mind of Japanese gardens being pristine, and this was the one that best ...  more »
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  • June 15, 2017
    Huge open space... lots of walking from one corner to the next. You can't actually go into the palace... it's limited and you have to get tickets in advance. So you'll have to hang out on the front. Take a pic near the famous bridge ... you can kinda see the palace. It's a huge space, so kind of cool to hang out for a bit.
  • July 4, 2017
    I so love this place. The air is so fresh, relaxing and you can stay for quite some time to enjoy the scenery and the people of different race walk. Though, due to its wide area, you need to take your feet some rest because you might get exhausted walking.
  • July 9, 2017
    Amazing must to visit place! To get on the property grounds you can make reservation online preferably 1month in advance at The Imperial Household Agency website. To have Audio in English you need to download app: Imperial Place Guide.
  • June 29, 2017
    A pleasant flat open space away from the hustle and bustle, however not much more. The imperial ground are completely private and you are unable to see anything of the palaces. Was expecting more of a Buckingham experience. However that was not to be found.
  • July 8, 2017
    One of the most popular tourist spots in Tokyo. No entrance fee. A good place to enjoy big garden, with a lot of flowers.

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