The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin), Chiyoda

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To escape the hustle of urban life in Tokyo, duck into The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin) and appreciate the serenity of this expansive public space. Once part of a Tokugawa shogun's palace grounds, the gardens are surrounded by a moat and contain carefully maintained Japanese maples and other plants, as well as several peaceful ponds and trails. Prepare to do a lot of walking, and seek out the original palace walls, which still stand within the gardens. Put The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin) on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Tokyo sightseeing planner .
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  • Had the pleasure to be able to walk around the grounds of the gardens and it is beautiful. Actually had a slight view from our hotel room. Highly recommend you take the time if you are in Tokyo.  more »
  • Was one of the destinations in our trip to Tokyo. Wonderful and magical place. Walk inside it transported me to a Tokyo. Definitely a place to see, where to sit and be carried away by the wind, the colors of nature and the ancient structures.
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  • It is easily reachable by metro, the Tourism Office Lady recommended me station Otemachi, exit 13, I remember if A or B.. They are very nice, have many different plant species and they are perfectly cared but they brought me anything new or different. Also there is a viewpoint that I not went for not taking them off me. That Yes, they are free.
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  • First historical place we visited during our trip. Even if none of old traditional castles like in Kyoto or Osaka survived to our days, there is still a lot of interesting things to see - guardian houses, old castle walls and of course the gardens - they really are something!!! You should join the guided tours arranged by local volunteers - that’s the best way to get interesting information about the site.
  • The authentic centre of Japan, just like the Tiananmen Square in China. Although there is not anything historic, the scenery is satisfying. You can enjoy the cherry blossoms and lie on the grassland to gaze at the floating cloud. To my great surprise, there is not crowded at all. Surrounded by the populous area, this garden is a good place to enjoy the peace and relax. Many runners jog around the Imperial Palace.
  • Free admission and really well maintained Park area near imperial palace. Place have plenty of interesting plants growing everywhere and recreation areas where you can just sit on grass and relax. Worth to mention that it's not open 24/7 and during some national holidays etc.
  • Visited this garden in autumn, which is located just next to the Imperial Palace. The garden itself is incredibly vast, with different sections and remnants from the Edo period. Took me almost two hours to cover the entire garden. Unlike the Imperial Palace that needs a registered guided tour, this garden is open to the public for free, you just have to let guards check your bag and take a visitor pass. Quite a relaxing place to just walk and relax away from the busy life of Tokyo, admiring scenery and just people watching. The entire place is serene and quiet, perfect if you enjoy the nature and want to take a step back into history. Imagine the place to look very different according to the seasons. Overall would recommend the place to soak in the Japanese air and nature. Just bring a lot of water to keep yourself hydrated.
  • Fun place to pass some time. Not a fan of all the smoking. No real money changes hand but play of points
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