Imperial Palace, Chiyoda

3.6
#6 of 1,729 in Historic Sites in Tokyo
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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  • The Emperor's birthday and Gatsby takes place on new year's day 2 is one of the event if the Japanese want to go once. Baggage is less helpful.
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  • As our bus parked next to many others, I could see that we were in for what might be a crowded tour. Instead of a tour, we walked across what seemed to be a gigantic parking lot area (that no one is a...  more »
  • it's a large place with nothing much in it. You get to see some art, ruins, and a building you can't go in.  more »
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  • The imperial palace in Tokyo is great to visit. It's right in down town Tokyo so the contrast between the castle and ultra modern down town Tokyo is fantastic. It was very interesting to s how they made the walls and gates to be so that it would be very difficult for an attacker to be successful. It's also extremely large. The grounds inside are huge.
  • Super hard to navigate to the gate that’s open and getting to the Palace itself almost impossible visiting times 9am and 12:30pm only Tuesday-Saturday tickets are free but it’s a limited amount of guest that they let in so get there early! But while inside the free tour guide in English is provided and the place is wonderful!
  • It goes without saying that this place is definitely worth five stars. When you come here you will probably only be able to see the royal gardens but they are worth every effort. Great place with spectacular views to the emperor's palace as well as new and old Tokyo. When in Tokyo don't miss it.
  • Very serene place to visit! Please remember that you cannot get closer to the palace and there’s not much to do here except to take a picture of where the Emperor of Japan lives. Security guards surround the area. Still, I enjoyed my visit here with my siblings!
  • Stunning Palace and Grounds I went for a run around this palace at night when it was closed, then decided to come check it out the next day. It was a great, somewhat hilly run route, and the palace itself was stunning. The gardens were beautiful, and they offer cherry blossoms viewing when in season. Definitely worth a visit!
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