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Imperial Palace, Chiyoda

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Historic Walking Area Landmark
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. Plan your visit to Imperial Palace and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Tokyo itinerary builder.
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  • Great to run around the palace. There's a running/cycling trail around the perimeter. If you come during Sakura season, its also a fantastic spot to see the flowers bloom.  more »
  • My favorite in Tokyo, best service available. You will not be disappointed. 17th floor for breakfast is wonderful.  more »
  • This building has been re-built after the war. the moat is still there and the gardens are ok depending on the time of year. You can apply for tickets to the palace but they only allow a few people in...  more »
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  • Huge open space... lots of walking from one corner to the next. You can't actually go into the palace... it's limited and you have to get tickets in advance. So you'll have to hang out on the front. Take a pic near the famous bridge ... you can kinda see the palace. It's a huge space, so kind of cool to hang out for a bit.
  • Free admission is awesome. Very well maintained piece of history and buildings. Feels like Central Park in Tokyo with lots of walking. Unfortunately there wasn't much to see besides landscape. I enjoyed the architecture and Japanese wood crafting. Couldn't actually view the palace which was a bummer. Pretty good skyline view. If you're a runner, put on your shoes and do a few laps.
  • Free admission. Awesome views and open space. Appropriate place for doing some exercise Skyscrapers are nearby.
  • As it is made over the bridge so its beauty lies from the outer shell and same in the inner one . A well maintained building attracts large number of tourists with availability of fresh sea food.
  • It was closed during December but that was expected because that's what was on the website. However the closure was for the entire area, not just the palace. We were able to walk around the ground and into the imperial palace square. The square was quite nice with the manicured trees decorating the lawns and the cityscape in the background.