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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  • I had the morning to sightsee in March so I opted for the East Gardens at the Imperial Palace. It was still winter but the cherry blossoms were just starting to blossom a bit. The moats and walls are ...  more »
  • Great place to enjoy the annually cherry blossom. Wonderfull park for a peacefull strall. Free entry. You Will pas through a Security gate, where they Will check your belongings.  more »
  • Google the Free Walking Tour of the East Gardens of the Imperial Palace. The tour is a great introduction, and then I recommend going back and leisurely exploring the garden. I was here with my wife i...  more »
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  • 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.
  • I have gone on a special tour several times with the plant specialist named Mr. Nagareo, who is a volunteer. He knows so many different plants, and was able to tell us a lot about the garden, the seasons, culture, and other aspects. I really appreciate the docents and hope they keep this system forever.
  • Very calm and peaceful place to spend your time. It is not usually crowded. Admission is free. You can easily spend hours walking around and exploring the gardens , the different sections and see the remnants of the Edo period. It easily took me two hours to walk around the entire garden. They have AC rest rooms available around the garden to rest. It is a beautiful place to spend your time away from the hustle of the city. Must visit place.
  • Beautiful park in the heart of a downtown metro area. I went in the winter time so I certainly missed out on the full experience but I still recommend going whenever visitors are able to.
  • Definitely worth a visit, especially on a Sunday when the arean surrounding becomes pedestrianised. The history around the palace and garden is unreal.
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