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Imperial Palace, Tokyo

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Home of the imperial family, Imperial Palace and its expansive grounds stand among the city's most popular attractions for foreign visitors. Badly damaged during World War II, the palace underwent a massive reconstruction project in the 1960s. Today, visitors tour the complex at the heart of the city to see the living and working quarters of the imperial family, as well as an array of historic landmarks that include lush gardens and a famous stone bridge. Keep in mind that you must book a tour by phone or via the palace website in order to join a guided tour on the day of your visit. Tour spots fill up fast, so reserve yours early to avoid disappointment upon arrival. PutImperial Palace into our Tokyo holiday planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • If you enjoyed seeing the imperial gardens, you can see more of them by booking the (free) imperial garden tour, on the imperial website. The whole tour last about 90mns, and though not mind-blowing.....  more
    If you enjoyed seeing the imperial gardens, you can see more of them by booking the (free) imperial garden tour, on the imperial website. The whole tour last about 90mns, and though not mind-blowing.....  more »
  • A nice view form outside. We were bit late to walk around.Majestic impression. Enroute was beautiful and full of friendly people. 
    A nice view form outside. We were bit late to walk around.Majestic impression. Enroute was beautiful and full of friendly people.  more »
  • Numbers for the free tours are currently restricted due to Covid, but this also means that it's easy to pick up a ticket on the day. Turn up from 9am to the Kikyo-Mon gate with ID and you get a... 
    Numbers for the free tours are currently restricted due to Covid, but this also means that it's easy to pick up a ticket on the day. Turn up from 9am to the Kikyo-Mon gate with ID and you get a...  more »
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  • Awesome area to go in Tokyo. Great views of the city and the palace. So many cool things to walk around and see in this area. A great place to go for a walk or run to get away from the city hustle and bustle for a bit. Parking available in many locations but you will have to walk a bit since this area is so big. I recommend making a day trip out of it and walk around the entire area it is very cool.
  • Imperial Palace is another major tourist spot in Tokyo, Japan. Imperial Palace is pretty huge to wander around and need to walk a lot to see the places around palace. Good to carry water bottle and snacks in hand for quick sip and bite. Pretty amazing historical place and neatly maintained by the officials and peoples as well.
  • I visited here in summer. It opens only morning time and limited only 70 visitors per round. All visitors need to walking tour as group. There are available for 5 language guide such as Japanese, English, French, Chinese and Korean (Not sure). Japanese guide is always available, but other language subjected to available guide in that day. I did't make a reservation before visiting, but lucky me there was an English tour. The tour started at 10am, but I recommend to arrive before at least 15 minutes. Open to queue from 9am. The walking tour takes almost 1 hour. Visitors are not allowed to walk tour by themselves. There are toilets and vending machine only at waiting area. Better to be ready before tour.
  • The grounds of the Imperial Palace are very well maintained, and is a great place to visit for a walk. We visited in January, so it is most likely less crowded during that time. If you're in the area, it's a great place to stop by to see the gardens and buildings.
  • I was staying in Tokyo for one night and got off at this train station which happened to be the Imperial palace There are 2 scheduled tours 1:00 in the morning and 1 at 1300. No reservations needed they can take up to 70 people per tour or tour with It was very informative and had plenty to see they have multilingual Tour guides. It is very it is very well put together and recommend it to anyone with family or by yourself.

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