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Imperial Palace
Imperial Palace

Imperial Palace

8.352 reviews
Sights and Museums, Historic Site, Castle or Palace
Ranked #10 in Tokyo things to do
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1-1 Chiyoda, Tokyo 100-8111, Japan
+81 3-3213-1111
http://sankan.kunaicho.go.jp/english/index.html
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Take the value of all the real estate in California and you’ll come close to what some speculated was the value of the Tokyo Imperial Palace during the height of Japan’s 1980 housing bubble. It is, ... Read more
after all, the home of the Emperor and Empress of Japan. Those gazing upon the palace grounds will find it impossible to see beyond the walls and moats surrounding the structure. Located in the inner section of what was formerly known as the Edo Castle, the property covers 3.41 square kilometers and includes gardens, an archive museum and administrative offices.

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London, UK

Nice gardens to stroll around and take in some greener sides of Tokyo. Right next to the emperors residence.

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Quezon City, Philippines

The residence of the Japanese royal family. You can only see it from outside except for rare times it is open to the public. The landscape including the bridge in front is beautiful.

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The San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA

This is a Japanese castle complete with a moat! OK, it's really the imperial palace, but the moat was so cool. You can't go inside, but grounds are lovely.

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Denver, Colorado

The palace can be a little difficult to get to, but it is well worth the journey to see. The grounds are enormous!

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Fremont, California, USA

Lovely gardens, nice relaxing walks, great views, just some of the things you can do.

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Hong Kong, China

I went here to jog the 3 mile loop. There is a constant stream of runners I would suggest this place to anyone who loves running or even walking.

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Los Angeles, California, USA

Really beautiful palace. You don't get to go inside, but there's plenty of space outside for you to take pictures. Must visit if you're in Tokyo!

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Samarinda, Indonesia

One nice place to visit while in Tokyo, which is located near Tokyo Station. Better visit in spring and have a walking tour around the garden of this palace.

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Klang, Malaysia

This was great to visit King of Japan'palace. Imperial and green around the palace. Feel relac and great.

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Local from Tokyo, Japan

The Palace is centrally located so a great starting point for those first coming to Japan. In the Spring time it's crammed with locals flower watching and rowing on the moat. Get a rental row boat to get a unique perspective of the palace!

The palace has running markers encircling so you can know how far you've run. In the early morning you'll see many runners enjoying the moat and palace views.

Just a 2 minute walk from Yasukuni Shrine.

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Pittsford (town), New York

This is the home of Japan's Imperial Family and is a short walk from Tokyo Station. The original palace was destroyed in World War ll and was rebuilt to look the same. The residence and the inner grounds are not available to the public (except on January 2 and the Emperor's Birthday), but guided tours of the beautiful grounds are available, with advance reservations. Tours are in Japanese, but an English brochure and audio are available. The surrounding park area is a popular place for walking and jogging.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

The grounds of the Imperial Palace (when the Imperial Family lives) are in the center of Tokyo, a short walk from Tokyo station. It occupies huge territory and is surrounded by impressive walls and moats. The inner gardens and the palace are not open to the public (only twice a year people are allowed to visit the inner grounds), but the outer grounds and the East Gardens are (and free of charge). The East gardens were my favorite – we visited in the middle of April and the colorful carpet of blooming azaleas took my breath away (this reminded me of colorful displays of tulips in Keukenhof in Holland).

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Paranaque, Philippines

Huge place, strict protocol, was fortunate to be able to visit this special place.

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Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

Normally, only a part of the complex is open to the public. For a few days of the year, it it possible to be taken further inside the palace grounds. One of them is the New Year's address.

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Brooklyn, État de New York, États Unis

Nice background but not really that interesting as a sight unless you are actually able to enter -- open to the public on 12/23 but perhaps at other times as well.

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Denver, Colorado, USA

The Palace isn't really open for touring but you can grab a token for free and walk the gardens. Its a pretty easy stop from the train/subway too. Each of the stones building the walls are from differnt areas of Japan.

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Burnaby, Canada

We were there during Christmas time and so happens it's around the Emperor's birthday and so happens our hotel is within walking distance, so we visited the Palace. There are certain time slots that the public gets to greet the Emperor. The Emperor comes out with his family and greeted us from the Palace. He made a small speech and the public waved their Japan flags, it's pretty awwww.
It's amazing how the Japanese love their Emperor.

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New York City, New York State, USA

The Imperial Palace is a beautiful park located in central Tokyo. You could spend a day strolling around and taking in the lush scenery.

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Santa Cruz, California, USA

Beautiful area in the heart of Tokyo. The Imperial Palace is one of the most expensive real state in the world. The palace is only opens twice a year to visit inside, but you can walk around the palace, the gardens and other exterior areas. It's a beautiful place mixing the old world with the concrete jungle in the back.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

It's ashame you cannot go into the palace grounds. You can only take pictures from outside.

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