Tokyo Imperial PalaceCurrently Closed
- Address: 1-1 Chiyoda, Tokyo 100-8111, Japan
- Timings: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
- Phone: 81-332131111
- Ticket Price: Free
- Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
- Tags: Art Museum, Museum, Garden, Waterfall, Historical Site, Palace, Performance, Family And Kids
Tokyo Imperial Palace - Review
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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Tokyo Imperial Palace Information
- 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.
How To reach Tokyo Imperial Palace by Public Transport
- Tokyo Imperial Palace (BUS)
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95% of people who visit Tokyo include Tokyo Imperial Palace in their plan
09 AM - 10 AM
40.37% of people start their Tokyo Imperial Palace visit around 09 AM - 10 AM
People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Tokyo Imperial Palace
90.85% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Tokyo Imperial Palace
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Tokyo Imperial Palace, Tokyo Reviews
Free. Buildings describing the significance of the palace and its role in Japanese history. Some beautiful gardens and ponds along the massive grounds. Not much shade along the roadways during the summer, so it'd be more pleasant to visit in the morning or evening rather than midday. Public restrooms and rest areas that sell beverages and ice cream throughout the palace.
Beautiful, spacious, and peaceful. They open the place to the public only twice a year; once in the spring and once in the fall. I have been there in the spring during cherry blossom season and it was fantastic. If possible, you want to go there on a weekday. I heard it's super crowded during weekend. There are lots of picture-worthy objects if you like cherry blossom or historical remains. My favorites are the small pond with benches around it and two huge grass fields in the center. The grass fields are good place to take some rest from all those walking. I even took a nap for an hour.
I really enjoyed the historical aspect of the old palace grounds while my wife loved the little iris garden and the large open landscapes. Please take my advice and immediately go to the Edo-Tokyo Museum right after you leave the Imperial Palace. It really is amazing to see the grounds first hand and then go learn about what all happened in the very spot you were just standing. You’ll get a full appreciation out of both locations.
We visited this place at the end of May. We can enter the garden for free. The security staff will check our bag at the pond entrance, then there is a ticket post where they give you free ticket to enter the garden (you have to return it when you leave). There's small museum near the entrance and you can enter it for free as well. Walk a bit from the small museum, there is big field (open space), where you can just sitting, laying, running, etc to view Tokyo blue sky and some Tokyo high buildings. The place is very good for children as well. This place is like sweet green escape from busy Tokyo.
Very beautiful, peaceful, relaxing place. Beautiful scenery, well maintained gardens that you can lay on the grass. Best time of visit is either early morning or afternoon and on a sunny to cloudy weather. There are food kiosks around for short break while appreciating the place.
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