Imperial Palace, Chiyoda

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#6 of 1,334 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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  • Everything is on a huge scale. Principally a fortification and within, beautiful gardens. There are some quite striking buildings in the grounds.  more »
  • Will arrive at about 100 m in a straight line but not have a chance, could finally visit JR Tokyo station Marunouchi So many tourists weren't police officers just to name a few have entered the sparse police, for happens to be hit out of the imperial family was holding up the approach but did not make the stop line in the wording of the police had thought and needs improvement Impression of the Imperial Palace as police officers before the war seemed a little bit gone bad
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  • Honestly, I wish we could walk in and visit parts of the palace. It was just a walk through the gates and then eventually we could see the palace from afar. Good picture spot, I guess.. Nothing specia...  more »
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  • Interesting place, nice gardens, a nice free place to relax. To be clear, the modern-day emperor does not reside here; the current imperial palace is closed to the public. The grounds have a large lawn area that used to be the palace before it burnt down and was not rebuilt. Given that admission is free,there's no reason not to wander around for a few hours. Be prepared for a lot of tourists.
  • A well maintained free attraction in Tokyo. Beautiful gardens, and visually impressive stone walls and moats. Around spring when the cherry trees are in bloom is probably the best time to go. Lots of walking, like most of Tokyo, the grounds are sprawling and massive, with some relatively steep paths and roads, bring your comfy walking shoes, a Tokyo must see freebie
  • Big beautiful garden. Got public toilets. Nice evening walking when the sun is shining. Entrance is free but don't loose the ticket. There is a small pond when you can see fish. Historic Japanese place that must visit when in tokyo.
  • Beautifully built and maintained historical garden. Truly an unbelievable find within Tokyo which is an extremely busy city. Well maintained and manicured gardens with beautiful scenes. Seeing this green historic garden with tall buildings in the background is a wonderful experience.
  • The gardens are absolutely beautiful. You can only go inside the gates on the Emperor's birthday (in December for the current emperor). I highly suggest this. You are given a small Japanese flag to wave and yell BONZAI when the Emperor arrives to make his speech. He does this a few times throughout the morning. It was a great experience. Note that alcohol is not allowed inside.
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