Imperial Palace, Chiyoda

3.6
#5 of 2,049 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. PutImperial 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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  • Better book ticket online in advance so you can go inside garden We didn’t know the ticket so just walked around & my child played with pebbles & jumped on rocks  more »
  • This beautiful palace, which is surrounded by lush gardens, is incongruously set in bustling Tokyo, yet it evokes a tranquility and calm that's hard to find elsewhere. It's a beautiful place to go...  more »
  • Tucked away in the heart of the city, the Imperial Palace is majestic a sight. Made my way for a morning run and it was quite an experience, although the chilly weather was a slight dampener. Would...  more »
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  • Must see place in Tokyo. Strongly recommend downloading the app for when you are doing the walk through of the gardens. If you want to actually see inside the the palace then you have to arrive an hour earlier to like up and collect a ticket. Only 100 or so people per session are allowed in. The inside is nice to see but you don’t get to see inside any of the buildings. I would say you can skip it and just see the gardens. The gardens with the app are free to enter and walk you though the process of the imperial palace and its history. Train was the easiest way to get there.
  • Magnificent park. A great place to admire natural beauty and gather thoughts away from the busy city atmosphere. Also the outer circumference consists of a footpath and bike lanes on which enthusiasts may raise their heartbeats and raise a sweat. I loved the plants inside, especially the numerous cherry trees although being Marcy, there were not yet many blossoms.
  • A very nice place to take a stroll and relax. You can see the moat build during the shogun period at the entrance gate and also inside the east garden. The palace itself is not open to the public. It is only open to the public on two special days in a year.
  • The grounds is absolutely beautiful and well maintained. The main palace in the center is very nice to look at and has been restored and renovated on several occasions so it looks almost new. The area is easy to navigate and you can spend about 1-2 hours here.
  • Great place to jog! Many Japanese runners jog around the palace, it has a lot of up and downs, but the view is just great. There are a a lot of shower places around, which can store your belongings for you. You should google these places beforehand. The 1 lap around the palace is about 5 km, which is quite handy. Enjoy!

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