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Imperial Palace, Chiyoda

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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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  • The Plaza is as close to the Imperial Palace as commoners can get except on two days a year. You basically see the front gates with two guards on the other side of the moat and an old stone bridge. If...  more »
  • I went a few times as I lived in Tokyo but really this is not a big deal many more spots are much better and more interesting. But if you are interested in all the imperial history and that stuff you ...  more »
  • A huge, beautiful and peaceful location, with many gardens where you are planted several feet of a typical pine, which decorates several Japanese Gardens,
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  • I love that you can sit and people watch under the beautiful pine trees. They are evenly spaced in a way that almost forces your mind into a more peaceful state. The perfectly manicured grounds transport you into an older version of Tokyo, right in the beating heart of the city. It would be wonderful to be able to explore inside the palace grounds, but the view of the buildings inside are enough to stimulate the imagination. If the weather is right, definitely sit beneath a tree and meditate or read a book. It's a wonderful place to catch your breath in such a bustling city.
  • The beautiful palace from afar. The heart of Tokyo only a short distance away. It is really beautiful and if you venture a bit further around the side, it is also a great photo op! Just make sure you are prepared to fight the bus loads of tourists who are all pushing and shoving to get a perfect picture.
  • If you have a chance to visit here on Sunday, I highly recommend to rental bike for free! :) It was so nice memory for us! (Almost the best moment!)
  • The public area is simply beautiful! So relaxing and clean. You can take a nice walk here and see all the interesting pines, walls, monuments and ponds they have
  • The palace is pretty cool to look at from the outside, even if you don't get to tour the inner grounds. The outskirts are a public park, which is beautiful to walk through. The grounds are meticulously maintained to the point of incredulity. So neatly landscaped with not a blade of grass out of place. The moats, walls, bridges, and gate are also spectacles to behold. On the east side of the castle, there's also a public garden, which is great to stroll through. Entrance is free, and there's a lot to explore and discover inside the park. Lots of beautiful scenery and photo opportunities! It's beautiful, and you can spend several hours there if you take your time.