Imperial Palace, Chiyoda

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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. Put Imperial Palace into our Tokyo holiday planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • Nothing I'd read indicated that you could not enter the Imperial Palace, but reality, certainly the day we visited, was that you couldn't even get near the place. There were many guards and comings an...  more »
  • Like birds nestled in the tree tops, landscapers lovingly bonsai ancient pines around the gardens of the Imperial Palace. After visiting the Tsukiji fish market we headed to the palace falsely thinkin...  more »
  • ... Passing through the gates of the Palace to a specially derived code in advance, I was expecting something more exactly! In fact it happened next-first in the order of hours sitting in the meeting. Hall and watching the transfer that is a palace where and what buildings that are located. In addition, you get a little historical background. Naturally all broadcast in Japanese and is duplicated in English, no Russian it is not, however, as in other places in Japan!) Also the Hall adjacent gift shop and toilets-have something to do during that hour.))) You can download the guide in his native on the great ...-link to screen seen but have not tried it myself! Wi-Fi is free, by the way, just "fly"! After all expectations gathered group led to the territory of the Palace and, as promised, the entire tour really took about 70 minutes but what minutes!))) ... All 70 min. volunteer guide led on the territory of the Palace and talked about in Japanese buildings, to which we moved in at about the distance 50-100 meters! Employees, which was ...
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  • What a beautifully laid out garden we visited today. The colours were simply amazing and the different areas of the garden delightful. We especially liked the pond area and the orchard. These gardens are free to enter and there is a lovely little shop, plenty of restrooms and you can get a drink from a machine close to the shop. If it's nice weather you could take a picnic and sit on one of the many benches. Note the gardens are closed on a Monday and Friday.
  • A beautiful peaceful place. A few hours spent in the gardens despite flowers not being in bloom. Could only imagine how amazing this would have been in its prime. The main palace is only accessible certain times and by appointment. Outside grounds accessible all year around but close at 4.30pm
  • Gigantic rocks put together in dramatic formations, smooth lawns, waving bamboo, historic guardhouse, giant carp, and cute historic Japanese houses. Don't expect to see a normal palace building, this is more gardens within huge walls. It's beautiful and unique. Take your lunch and spend the day. You can buy an ice-cream or a souvenir, see some art and watch a video. I loved the serene atmosphere.
  • Lucky I went there on a good weather day. I entered through the east gate. It’s massive so just walking around and appreciating the beauty of the place will take about a couple of hours. Some colors had started showing up and I captured them in my pics. Wonder how much better it would get during peak autumn days.
  • Went there at night ans haven't had the chance to walk within the vicinity but only on the imperial palace grounds. Place was nice and good for some sights and hanging out. There are a lot of joggers within the perimeter of the palace. There is also a nearby train and bus stop so you don't have to walk far to get here. Definitely will go back in the morning.

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