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Imperial Palace

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Address: 1-1 Chiyoda, Chiyoda 100-8111, Tokyo Prefecture
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Phone Number: +81 3-3213-1111
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09:00 - 17:00
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Tue - Wed 21:00 - 17:00
Thu 09:00 - 17:00
Sat - Sun 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes
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The current palace was constructed in the same spot where Edo Castle used...

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.

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Lovely well kept park

It's difficult to review the Palace itself, as it's not open very often, but the surrounding park is beautifully kept. There are hundreds of classic manicured pine trees... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

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

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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 though your view is from an angle it is definitely a must see!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It's difficult to review the Palace itself, as it's not open very often, but the surrounding park is beautifully kept. There are hundreds of classic manicured pine trees surrounding the palace itself. There's a moat surrounding most of the palace. It's hard to realise that this is in the middle of Tokyo - quiet and secluded. From a distance the... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Interested only in keeping visitors under control. 460 people and one policeman with a megaphone. Someone high up in government needs to shake things up and make the tour enjoyable, educational and reduce group sizes. The waiting area for the tour is miserable. Very disappointing.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a nice place to see. it was in a huge park, too huge in fact. if you don't like walking, then I suggest you skip this place. I am glad we didn't because we got to see some other side of tokyo.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

As the title suggest, this park has so many photo opportunities that you can easily spend half a day strolling and taking photos. You will not be able to access into the palace by yourself (I think we missed the guided tour). The entire place is broken up into three parts, separated by roads. First is the tree lined plaza... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Imperial Palace is worth a visit though plan in advance as the palace is shut at times. The gardens surrounding the palace are beautiful.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I do not judge the signification of this place for japanese people, but i would not recommend it for people who only have a few days to spend in Tokyo. The open gardens are nice, but the tour of the inside garden is just not worth the hassle, not much to see there. It took 3 or 4 hours of... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The ground of the East Garden is a nice for a walk. The Japanese garden is a nice treat at the end if you go clock wise thru the garden.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

You would not say that a major city is across the street. Really peaceful and a pleasant stroll with superbly maintained gardens. Some of the original buildings still intact and give a good visible history.

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