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“A hive of activity outside the Palace”
Review of Imperial Palace

Imperial Palace
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US$54.47*
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Half Day Sightseeing Tour in Tokyo
Ranked #38 of 397 things to do in Chiyoda
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: The current palace was constructed in the same spot where Edo Castle used to stand. Most of the palace grounds are not open to the public except for the East Gardens, which are accessible on select days.
Reviewed 29 June 2018

The Palace Gardens can only be viewed by a Guided Tour. It is open to residents and tourists who attend a designated area outside the gates, several hours prior to the tour time. It can take many hours to wait and you could miss out. Not what I expected in such a well run and ordered place like Tokyo. I am told that the Palace has many rules and that it has been done this way for a long time, so the process is unlikely to change. It is easy to see that the Palace lives in a different century. You only see the gardens in the tour, not the inside of the Palace. Good luck to you, if you have seen it. I guess I never will. The only thing you can surely do is walk around the outside, next to the moat. It seemed possible to have a quiet walk around the walkways, until you find out that it is a popular jogging track, with joggers generally running anticlockwise around the Palace walls. Careful, not just joggers also bicycles, prams, delivery vehicles, repair men and roadworks. I think that the occupants of the Palace are happy that they have large walls to keep the noise out. Nevertheless, a visit to the Palace and a walk around the moat is highly recommended.

Thank MWandAW
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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.

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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.

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

Thank Andrew R
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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.

Thank XOF-7
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