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Tokyo Imperial Palace
Tokyo Imperial Palace

Tokyo Imperial Palace

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1-1 Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan, 100-8111

The Basics

Given that it is a royal residence, the palace interior and some of the grounds are closed to the public. You can stroll the meticulously manicured Imperial Palace East Garden, set at the foot of the hill where Edo Castle's foundation remains, and the Imperial Palace Outer Garden. From here you can view two famous bridges, the iron Nijubashi and the stone Meganebashi.

Free tours in English, organized by the Imperial Household Agency, allow you to see a small part of the inner compound. Or combine a visit to the Imperial Palace with other Tokyo attractions, such as the Asakusa and Ginza districts, on a sightseeing tour by bus or chartered taxi or a walking tour. Some tours allow travelers to stop for photos at the palace and also experience a Sumida River cruise, participate in a traditional tea ceremony, or take in the view from the top of Tokyo Tower.

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Tokyo Imperial Palace Tour with Nationally-Licensed Guide
Tokyo Imperial Palace Tour with Nationally-Licensed Guide
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$24.27 per adult
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We had such a wonderful time exploring the old compound location with our guide Mr. Yasuho Suzuki. He went in depth on the history of the Imperial Palace as well as the different Eras. It was beautiful and truly worth the price to have an actual human being explaining everything rather than a phone. 100% reccomend.
Ashley, Mar 2020

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Austin_H, Mar 2020
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Suzuki Yasuho was a great tour guide. He was very informative and took us to see many things at a good pace. His English was solid and was even able to have a good sense of humor in English too. The overall experience was very good.
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mrjacobamiller, Feb 2020
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Tour guide (Jinnosan) was very knowledgeable regarding the imperial palace and environs. Jinnosan was more than happy to adjust the tour on the fly to accommodate tourist’s interests.
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HarvinG, Feb 2020
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A breathtakingly beautiful place to spend some time. My guide Mr. Suzuki had lots of history to share and was very personable as well which made the experience even better!
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901mmason, Dec 2019
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Our guide was great! We arrived early and he was waiting for us. We did this our second day and helped us with understanding Japan's history.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Imperial Palace is a must-visit for those with an interest in Japanese history.

  • This has been the Imperial residence since 1868 when Emperor Meiji moved here from the former capital of Kyoto.

  • To avoid disappointment, it is best to book tour tickets in advance, but walk-in tickets are also available on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • It is free to stop at the palace for photos, but various museums on the grounds may require admission fees.

  • The grounds may be closed when Imperial Court functions are scheduled.

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How to Get There

The Tokyo Imperial Palace is located in a large park area in the Chiyoda ward of central Tokyo. It is a 15-minute walk to Otemon Gate, the main entrance point, from Otemachi metro station, which is served by the Chiyoda, Tozai, Hanzomon, Mita, and Marunouchi lines. Free tours depart from the Kikyomon Gate, a 10-minute walk from the Otemachi and Nijubashi metro stations.

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When to Get There

The gardens are open Tuesday through Thursday and on Saturday and Sunday. Tours are offered morning and afternoon, every day except Sundays and Mondays, national holidays, and December 28 through January 4. Only morning tours are available between July 21 and August 31.

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Cherry Blossoms

During sakura, the spring cherry blossom season, more of the palace grounds with old cherry trees are open to the public. It's definitely worth a visit during this time for great opportunities to photograph blooming cherry trees framing the palace, but be prepared for bigger crowds and a more thorough security process.

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