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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  • To visit imperial palace you much get free tickets only available on day near gates first come first served basis the tour is all spoken in JAPANSE ONLY a few translation headsets available again firs...  more »
  • Beautiful gardens in the heart of the Citadel Tokyo. It is worth walking by them, especially on a sunny day.
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  • You get a real sense of history and culture is this buzzing modern city. It was a beautiful warm day to explore what the Imperial Palace and gardens had to offer. The paths are very big so didn’t seem...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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