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. Put Imperial 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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Imperial Palace Reviews
To be honest, it’s not the kind of glamorous palace visit or drama setting. The outer gardens of the imperial palace is free to wander, which makes it a good break away from the crowd in the heart of ... more »
Even with the guided tour, you can't enter any buildings, and to be honest the guided tour isn't worth the time because you can access more (and more beautiful) parts of the gardens freely. Overall, e... more »
Gardens were immaculately looked after. Was able to take photos of palace from a distance. Close proximity to trains. more »
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.
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.
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.
A beautiful place in the heart of Tokyo...I will suggest to book a tour in advance... Tour can be booked on the official website. Because of it's popularity, usually it gets full very soon. For next month the booking can be done from 1 St of previous month. Like booking for 1 July can be done from 1 June. Try to book morning tour because it is really hot to walk for an hour on a sunny day in the afternoon.. you cannot enter inside any of the building but good to know the history and that too for free.
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