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Imperial Palace

1-1 Chiyoda, Chiyoda 100-8111, Tokyo Prefecture
+81 3-3213-1111
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The current palace was constructed in the same spot where Edo Castle used to stand. Most of the palace grounds are not open to the public except for the East Gardens, which are accessible on select days.
  • Excellent27%
  • Very good38%
  • Average26%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible2%
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“east garden” (44 reviews)
“royal family” (16 reviews)
“off limits” (18 reviews)
Suggested Duration: < 1 hour
1-1 Chiyoda, Chiyoda 100-8111, Tokyo Prefecture
Ginza / Tokyo Nihonbashi
+81 3-3213-1111
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

You can't really see anything more than what you can see from a car / bus while driving through. Avoid getting down

Thank DevNewDelhi
Reviewed 2 days ago

not a ton to see. make sure not to go on a day when east garden is closed... very large and pretty. recommended.

Thank Benjamin F
Reviewed 4 days ago

Booked a free tour in advance and expected a bit more to be honest. The guide took us around the palace, medieval keep and bridge etc (Outside only) and the commentary was in Japanese only. I believe there are audio guides in other languages, but...More

Thank Ian B
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Unfortunately, it is not allowed to visit many places of the palace. The garden is very quiet, even though it is in the middle of Tokyo. The river around the palace looks very dirty. If you are in Tokyo, you should visit the palace -...More

1  Thank Huge2012
Reviewed 1 week ago

Definitely wear comfortable walking shoes because this palace is HUGE!!! Come during the cherry blossom season.... it is gorgeous here!!! The palace is kept cleaned. Great place to picnic, totally a great family outing place. Lots of flowers in the spring time, perfect for photo...More

Thank travelercass
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Got to the grounds, did not realize gardens closed. Then we saw tour but did not have audio. You can get a tour booked, I think, and they will give audio for a fee but we did this for free. Bring charged phone or iPad...More

Thank Doug O
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nijubashimae is best subway station to use, if you would like to visit the Imperial Palace. As with all subway stations, check the signs for the best exit towards the Imperial Palace. You only see the imperial palace peaking through the trees, as well as...More

Thank TravelFun24
Reviewed 1 week ago

Just a few blocks from the Shangri-La Tokyo it is very peaceful during early morning and perfect for a nice run. Recommended.

Thank SonnyAng
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really not worth the (free) visit. Tourguide only speaks Japanese, if you wanted the English version, you had to download an app which didn't work for 80% of the time. You only see some buildings from the outside.

1  Thank wereldreiziger68
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Walking around the Imperial Palace was one of the highlights of my Tokyo trip. It was a particularly nice day in February that allowed us to stroll through the palace grounds and marvel at the 800-year-old craftsmanship of the Japanese people. The grounds are carefully...More

Thank Taylor C
Ginza / Tokyo Nihonbashi
Ginza is famous for being a trendy hotspot, but it's
also a downtown area with shops that were founded over
a hundred years ago. Department stores and luxury
boutiques line the route from Nihonbashi to Ginza.
It's a long established tradition to shop and stroll
while the road is closed to traffic. Luxury hotels,
world class cuisine from talented chefs, and a
collection of glitzy clubs will make this area popular
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18 June 2017|
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Response from Russell R | Reviewed this property |
A guided tour must be set up in advance. you must make an appointment. My advice is to have your travel agent or Hotel you are staying at make the arrangements well in advance of your stay. Tell them you would like... More
Sam G
17 April 2017|
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Response from Salaamdubai | Reviewed this property |
I did not notice a dress code requirement
Sam G
17 April 2017|
Response from Hwasal | Reviewed this property |
For outside, Dress code is smart casual.