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Imperial Palace, Chiyoda

Categories: Historic Walking Areas, Tourist Spots
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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. 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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  • Go on a Sunday, when they close down the interstate and you can rent bicycles for free and ride around the palace. 
  • A very nice place in the middle of the city. The garden of the Palace is partially open to. Public. This is certainly worth a visit.
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  • The guided tour in Japanese is laaaargo and boring. Take you in a flock of about 180 people in the vicinity of the Palace but you can barely see anything interesting. Visit to avoid within Tokyo unless you over time. Both the printed guide as the audio guide, both in English, are a bit chaotic. The tour is free of CHARGE
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  • The Imperial Gardens were lovely in spring with the plums in full bloom, well worth the visit. Great to see many of the plants correctly labelled in both Japanese and English. Lots of interesting ducks and swans on the moats, and nice birds to see in the garden. Wonderful ancient walls and buildings. Of course you can't go into the palace itself (you can't in London, Oslo or Copenhagen either because they are residential homes of royalty) - but it is great to imagine what might be down to Kyoto to see old palaces you can look inside.
  • Wow. Stunning. And it's free! We went here in the week the Cherry Blossoms were blooming and it was amazing. Such beautifully kept gardens among ancient ruins provides pure zen and a total escape from the city. You can come here for the day and lay in the sun on the groomed lawns while the cherry blossoms blow in the wind. Amazing. All the signs with info on the ancient palace have versions in English and its really interesting to read how this city was booming centuries before many western countries were colonized.
  • Nice walk through the east gardens. The kids were able to keep up and afterwards we got some food at the mainichi shinbun building.
  • It was ok. Not sure if sections are normally open although the day we were there all the gates were closed and locked. Might get some nice photos on a sunny day
  • Nice big lawns everywhere to lie down on. Part of the Chiyoda Park which is a huge park right next to Tokyo station. Especially busy during the cherry blossom season.
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