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Address: 1-1 Chiyoda, Chiyoda 100-8111, Tokyo Prefecture
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+81 3-3213-1111
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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The current palace was constructed in the same spot where Edo Castle used...

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.

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A historical treasure

I was impressed by how large the outer palace grounds were. Unfortunately, the inner gardens are off limits to the public, but it's still possible the take picturesque photos of... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 25 April 2016
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2016 via mobile

I was impressed by how large the outer palace grounds were. Unfortunately, the inner gardens are off limits to the public, but it's still possible the take picturesque photos of the outer area. It's a short walk (about 15 minutes or so) from Otemachi Station, so if you're in the area I'd certainly recommend dropping by. It's very hard to... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 April 2016

The imperial palace is truly a wondrous site, the expanse, the way it has been kept up without it losing it look of ancient glory. Sitting right in the middle of the city beautiful to see

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 April 2016

During the planning of our trip "Imperial Palace" came up as a number one thing to do in Tokyo. I unfortunately beg to differ. getting there was interesting- the taxi drivers clearly didn't know what we meant when we said imperial palace- that should have told us something. Anyway we get there and they give us one English listening device... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2016 via mobile

We visited the Imperial palace as well as the East Garden, which was open on Sunday.you can walk to the bridge and have a glimpse of the imperial palace ( the residence of the Emperor). The East garden is large and has a small wooden bridge with Koi fish. the cherry blossoms were in bloom, and that made the views... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2016

I tried to go last time I was in Japan but this was shut as it was a Monday. This time however it was open and as I was in the area I thought I would check it out. The first thing that I noticed was the very long cue to get in. As a plus it was constantly moving... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2016

One just can't come to Tokyo and not see a huge chunk of history found here at the Imperial Palace. Make sure to go see the gardens and take in the serenity found there. If you're a runner, there is a route around the palace that is enjoyed by many.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 April 2016

Beautiful calm seven surroundings. Gorgeous backdrop. Great photo opportunities. When it is open, that is. Monday's it seems, it is closed. There is a great walking track around it. The adjacent Gardens and the Hikari gardens not far away. A truly scenic area.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 April 2016

We walked around the east garden of the Imperial Palace. It is an outer palace garden. I was a bit disappointed as a imperial garden. It is more like a people's garden, nothing royal about it. But, in the middle of Tokyo, any open space is priceless.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 April 2016 via mobile

Large area that feels peaceful despite the amount of visitors. Lovely way to spend a spring afternoon. Free entry to the gardens. About 10 minute way walk from Tokyo station. Worth a visit.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2016

Historically fascinating, logistically hurried and the digital translators don't necessarily work. This tour requires a prior booking and a starting assembly in a 60's meeting room that wouldn't be out of place in North Korea. The gardens and buildings are beautiful but the photo opportunities are often spoiled by the minders, especially the secret service guy who takes up the... More 

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