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Reviewed 29 June 2018

Because I was short on time during my visit to Tokyo, I did not have the time to pre-book a visit to the actual Imperial Palace. Instead I visited the East Gardens and then walked over to the Two-Tier Bridge for very good photo shots of the bridge and guard tower. Since I did not visit the palace itself, I removed one star.

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed 27 June 2018 via mobile

Walk for a couple hours through the gardens at the Imperial Palace. They are absolutely beautiful, with a variety of different sites, Flora and experiences. There are ancient structures on the property, as well as immensely beautiful trees. Highly recommended.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank wrldwonder
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Reviewed 23 June 2018

The palace grounds are open on certain days and were closed on the day we visited,
But there is nice walk around the perimeter of the grounds across what in the UK would be a moat, coming out of Tokyo main station walk straight forward and then go left to find the most popular photo locations

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank 235AndrewR
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Reviewed 23 June 2018

One of the more so iconic locations to visit in Tokyo or Japan. Given the history and the architecture, one feels a level of admiration and aww for such a beautiful and ancient site. A must visit.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank XOF-7
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Reviewed 20 June 2018

Before coming to Japan we looked into applying for a spot on the palace grounds tour but it was booked so on our last day, we went to the East Gardens which is an easy walk from the train station. Honestly, maybe not the prettiest gardens we had seen in Japan. However some college students asked to accompany us through the garden so they could practice their English & they pointed out some things that I would not known or overlooked had they not been with us. After leaving the Gardens, we walked down to a public rest facility that was nearby one of the gates to the palace grounds and found palace employees handing out passes to tour the grounds. So we take advantage of that. Not only did we get in, they now provide the tour in three languages - Japanese, Chinese and English. Not knowing that, we had already downloaded the grounds tour app while waiting to go in. It was much easier with the guide who was very nice. As mentioned in other reviews, some of the buildings are very new because they were bombed during WWII. But there are also lovely contrasts to the keeps which are hundreds of years old. You do not see the residential quarters but that is understandable -- you wouldn't go into the president's quarters at the Whitehouse or the Queen's apartments at Buckingham either. After finishing the tour, we walked around the park some more & saw another historic gate and statue. There is also a small park with fountains nearby that is pretty and museums. The area is also near some high-end stores so we window-shopped on the way back to the train station. We were there on a Saturday but it didn't feel crowded - it was cool and overcast so maybe that kept the crowds down. There is also no entrance fee to the East Gardens and Imperial Palace grounds. If you want a pleasant day wandering at your own pace this is not a bad area to do it in.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank mmason2018
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