The sprawling three kilometer campus of the Imperial palace is at the heart of this old capital. With the resident royal family of Japan, the Tokyo Imperial palace is a piece of living history in Japan. The Eastern gardens are free to visit and have flowers blooming at all times of the year. This was the original location of the Edo castle but it was destroyed during World War II. It also has The Tokyo Budoukan – one of the largest indoor event halls that regularly holds events and performances. The Ninomaru garden has a pleasing waterfall feature and will bring peace and calm to your mind. The Sannomaru Shozokan is a museum of art and sculpture from the imperial collection. If you happen to be in Japan in March, the Imperial Palace is one of the best places to get a view of cherry blossoms in full bloom.
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- Plan ahead for your visit and register your visit on the website to ensure entry. Entry is only by reservation.
- The guided tour is only in Japanese.
- Entry only by reservation so not applicable.
- The tour is approx. 3km long and is quite hilly, so do wear comfortable shoes and clothes.
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72.56% of people who visit Tokyo include Tokyo Imperial Palace in their plan
09 AM - 10 AM
40% of people start their Tokyo Imperial Palace visit around 09 AM - 10 AM
People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Tokyo Imperial Palace
94.33% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Tokyo Imperial Palace
This place is huge! You can only see the grounds. I wasn't overly impressed. You can't get anywhere near the palace, nor can you see it. For English only speaking visitors, won't find directions in English anywhere. The walls and mote are impressive , but that's where it stops for me.
Not at all what I expected. Its a very nice big quiet park and garden that has a long history. But nothing about the grounds that are open to the public feels in any way "Imperial". Nice place for a picnic and a walk.
Nice place to spend an evening or morning. Entry is free. But you can only see the ancient building from far outside. But the garden and the grounds are very well maintained. Walking through them is real fun. But be prepared to have a long, very long, walk through the are and avoid sunny afternoon. Have comfortable pair of shoes and cloths to really enjoy your walk through journey through this palace.
It is located at Center of Tokyo. A castle where king lives. Outside gardens and lakes are open for public. A very beautiful peaceful and calm place. A great relaxing place when you want to get away from busy hectic life of a metropolitan city. The view of tokyo high rise skyline is excellent.
This is a historical place for Japan where shotguns used to live. It is for people interested I history or architecture of buildings etc. I find these places boring unless some interesting activities are there to keep oneself occupied. There is a good park inside and historical stone walls. It is near to metro and easily accessible. It is a quiet place worth a leisurely stroll.