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Imperial Palace

1-1 Chiyoda, Chiyoda 100-8111, Tokyo Prefecture
+81 3-3213-1111
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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.
  • Excellent27%
  • Very good39%
  • Average25%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible2%
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1-1 Chiyoda, Chiyoda 100-8111, Tokyo Prefecture
Ginza / Tokyo Nihonbashi
+81 3-3213-1111
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Reviewed 20 December 2016 via mobile

We just spent 2 weeks in Tokyo and this must be our 10th trip to Japan. This was our first to the Imperial grounds. We made a reservation as the numbers admitted we supposed to under 30. A surprise when the admitted both those who...More

2  Thank Chris B
Reviewed 19 December 2016 via mobile

We visited on a sunnier day so there were plenty of people out, we didn't book a tour either but instead just walked around the outside of the palace. It's a great place to get some pretty pictures.

Thank Sonjarr
Reviewed 18 December 2016

By night the palace is lit up beautifully and lighted fountains surround it near the outer moat. Really gorgeous!

Thank Shelley K
Reviewed 17 December 2016 via mobile

The perfection of the garden makes it a must. Unfortunately most of the coolest parts are not accessible by the public.

Thank Giuliano G
Reviewed 15 December 2016

The main part of the palace is only open for guided tours. However the East Garden is open every day (not M and F) and is fantastic. I visited in December and the remaining autumn colour made for a very atmospheric enviroment.

Thank Vila027
Reviewed 14 December 2016 via mobile

This palace was very interesting to visit with the gigantism garden which is if you come in Spring full of Sakura which are the national flowers.

Thank Ulysse H
Reviewed 13 December 2016 via mobile

Be prepared for a group of 500 when visiting the Imperial Palace. We had prebooked online expecting a group of around 200, but they issue another 300 places on a first cone basis on the day Everything was extremely well organised and almost military in...More

Thank Sue V
Reviewed 12 December 2016

Only walked the perimeter as an early morning exercise walk.Very busy activity for exercise buffs! Could not enter the grounds of the palace as we were out of opening hours. None the less the walk provided ample of subject matter for the photography buffs!

Thank Shudjan
Reviewed 9 December 2016 via mobile

It is so bad. Literally 5 minute walk so bad and disappointing. It's small and boring don't come here.

Thank Aiden B
Reviewed 8 December 2016

We did this on our second day in Tokyo and did about a three hour walk getting here (there is transportation lol), we just chose to see more of the city and it was well worth it. It was quite the hike here and even...More

Thank Kat562
Ginza / Tokyo Nihonbashi
Ginza is famous for being a trendy hotspot, but it's
also a downtown area with shops that were founded over
a hundred years ago. Department stores and luxury
boutiques line the route from Nihonbashi to Ginza.
It's a long established tradition to shop and stroll
while the road is closed to traffic. Luxury hotels,
world class cuisine from talented chefs, and a
collection of glitzy clubs will make this area popular
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Senthamarai T
21 August 2017|
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Response from Marcos M | Reviewed this property |
Hello! You cannot get inside, just outside view. Its free!
17 June 2017|
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Response from Russell R | Reviewed this property |
A guided tour must be set up in advance. you must make an appointment. My advice is to have your travel agent or Hotel you are staying at make the arrangements well in advance of your stay. Tell them you would like... More
Sam G
16 April 2017|
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Response from Salaamdubai | Reviewed this property |
I did not notice a dress code requirement