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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  • This was just average. Well manicured and some interesting spots, but does not hold a candle tip the Shinjuku Gyoen gardens. Entry is free.  more »
  • Very nice gardens, as all of Japan. Its beauty is undeniable, not noted by other gardens to visit.
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  • Teenagers loved the walk around the gardens .. you may not be able to get up close and personal with the palace but remember it’s still someone’s home and the gardens are simply beautiful. Japan reall...  more »
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  • At first, I intended to go to the Imperial Palace, but I went to the wrong gate and missed the schedule for the tour. The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace was so attractive. There was a few people there. It was very peaceful place and I got a lot of photos without crowded tourists. I was so impressed and it was among of the most impressive place of the Tokyo trip. Here is the sample of tons of photos I got there. Recommended.
  • It's a huge space with lots of greenery around the area. However, nothing much to do other than walking around exploring the place, taking pictures and relaxing. A good spot to just relax there and disconnect from the outside world.
  • 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.
  • Very beautiful but you need to book a 1.5h guided your if you want to see the palace area. The East gardens are free to visit anytime and very pretty.
  • 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.
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