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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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1-1 Chiyoda, Chiyoda 100-8111, Tokyo Prefecture
Ginza / Tokyo Nihonbashi
+81 3-3213-1111
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Reviewed 28 December 2016

Ok, this is were emperor Akihito lives. It is so serene! An oasis within a bustling metropolitan city like Tokyo. You have got to definitely visit this place. Lots of photo opportunities. Requires a lot of walking though so be ready. This place is beautiful!

Thank Mr_noni
Reviewed 26 December 2016

While this may be the old Imperial Palace, it is primarily a lovely stroll through gardens. The new defence house has opened, but there is little beyond that and the old fortress walls and donjon. That having been said, downtown Tokyo is quite hectic and...More

1  Thank michaelfitzg
Reviewed 25 December 2016 via mobile

We found pics online about the imperial palace we could see there, but after reaching there and walking all the way through all gardens, and asking everybody about the location of that palace, we had to discover at the end, that all the online pics...More

Thank Ahlam K
Reviewed 21 December 2016 via mobile

We just spent 2 weeks in Tokyo and this must be our 10th trip to Japan. This was our first to the Imperial grounds. We made a reservation as the numbers admitted we supposed to under 30. A surprise when the admitted both those who...More

2  Thank Chris B
Reviewed 20 December 2016 via mobile

We visited on a sunnier day so there were plenty of people out, we didn't book a tour either but instead just walked around the outside of the palace. It's a great place to get some pretty pictures.

Thank Sonjarr
Reviewed 19 December 2016

By night the palace is lit up beautifully and lighted fountains surround it near the outer moat. Really gorgeous!

Thank Shelley K
Reviewed 18 December 2016 via mobile

The perfection of the garden makes it a must. Unfortunately most of the coolest parts are not accessible by the public.

Thank Giuliano G
Reviewed 15 December 2016

The main part of the palace is only open for guided tours. However the East Garden is open every day (not M and F) and is fantastic. I visited in December and the remaining autumn colour made for a very atmospheric enviroment.

Thank Vila027
Reviewed 14 December 2016 via mobile

This palace was very interesting to visit with the gigantism garden which is if you come in Spring full of Sakura which are the national flowers.

Thank Ulysse H
Reviewed 14 December 2016 via mobile

Be prepared for a group of 500 when visiting the Imperial Palace. We had prebooked online expecting a group of around 200, but they issue another 300 places on a first cone basis on the day Everything was extremely well organised and almost military in...More

Thank Sue V
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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Senthamarai T
21 August 2017|
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Response from Marcos M | Reviewed this property |
Hello! You cannot get inside, just outside view. Its free!
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