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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.
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  • Very good38%
  • Average26%
  • 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 23 August 2016

Very tranquil space but don't expect to be able to go inside, it is pretty much all gardens in the ruins of previous palaces.

Thank Edward L
Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

Not overly impressed with this tour. By the time we arrived to the waiting room there were no English translation audio sets left. The whole tour was spoken in Japanese, therefore the majority of the non Japanese tourists were left to fend for themselves as...More

Thank mishmash35
Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

Don't go if visiting in summer! It's so hot and humid to walk up to the gate and barely get a glimpse of one side of the palace (take a look of my closest picture). If you go during cherry blossom season, at least you...More

3  Thank Taylordds
Reviewed 22 August 2016

Went here today in the rain and saw the gardens and he outskirts of the Palace. It was a lovely garden and not or be missed.

Thank jordansbulls
Reviewed 21 August 2016

its the residence of the emperor of japan.cant enter the palace,surroundings are nice,u can spend some time around.

Thank jaakamat
Reviewed 20 August 2016

Nice park in the middle of the city. Sorta reminds me of Central Park in that respect. However, it's not much of a cultural experience. You can't go through the castle and I wasn't that impressed with the gardens--there are better elsewhere in Japan. So,...More

1  Thank Katy S
Reviewed 20 August 2016

This fabulous palace was built on the historic site of the Edo Castle. After the fall of the Shogun era, Emperor Meiji left his Kyoto Palace and took residence in the Edo Castle. He renamed this castle the Imperial Palace in 1869. By 1888 his...More

1  Thank Dale C
Reviewed 19 August 2016

Visited the Imperial Palace and was able to take the tour. While the tour itself is in Japanese, a headset with English narrative is supplied-and it's all free of charge. While the Palace and grounds suffered serious damage during WWII, there are still buildings of...More

Thank hrtraveler
Reviewed 19 August 2016 via mobile

Suppose your always going to go here for what it is / represents but from what we could tell there is very little to look at other than the outer walls, outposts and monuments of the palace. The main bit you would have to fly...More

1  Thank Paul W
Reviewed 18 August 2016

The Imperial Palace is not normally open to visitors but on occasions they do allow groups through but a booking is needed as many Japanese will visit if they can. The Palace itself is not that impressive. but the gardens certainly are. You can also...More

Thank Oldjack
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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18 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
17 April 2017|
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Response from Salaamdubai | Reviewed this property |
I did not notice a dress code requirement
Sam G
17 April 2017|
Response from Hwasal | Reviewed this property |
For outside, Dress code is smart casual.