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The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin)

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These beautiful gardens are located outside of the Imperial Palace. Access to the gardens is open to the public although the palace itself is off limits.
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1-1 Chiyoda, Chiyoda 100-0001, Tokyo Prefecture
Ginza, Tokyo Nihonbashi
+81 3-3213-1111
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Stunning gardens with a feel of Central Park, NYC with all the modern skyscrapers surrounding the gardens. Lots of cherry blossoms and maple trees. Not too big either so it’s doable in 90 mins or so at a leisurely pace.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank ruaraidhh
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This park is huge and beautiful. This park is not the entrance to the imperial palace. A good 2-4 hours is needed to explore the whole park. Wear sport shoes and pack lightly. Breathtaking views. Park is very clean. There are designated smoking areas too....More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank anazr2016
Reviewed 1 week ago

Even on a wet and windy winter day, this gorgeous and peaceful garden in the middle of Tokyo exude charm and tranquil beauty rare in such a highly populated city! Apart from meticulously trimmed greenery and trees, there are water falls and ponds with Koi,...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank cctyu68
Reviewed 1 week ago

Good place to go take some photos and see the gardens in contrast to the sky scrappers next to the gardens.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Safarwith3kids
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A visit to Japan should always include the East Gardens. Exceptionally and meticulously attended to. There is always something in peak for every season. The restrooms are tidy and clean. There are plenty of rest houses with machine refreshments. Thete is a free audio guide...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Reasonable50
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed wandering around and seeing the old defence house and some early blossoming plum trees. But its not a pretty garden. Lots of big open space and peaceful. You can’t see the imperial palace.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank DiannaC308
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace are one of Tokyo's greatest attractions and one of my favourite places in all Japan. I was disappointed at being unable to get into the palace proper but the gardens were a worthy substitute. There is lots to...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank geographyguy_11
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stretched our legs here after arriving in Tokyo. It was free and it was great to get to be in the open air. We did get to see some early blossom. We enjoyed the walk and views looking back on Chiyoda-Ku-Ku. The garden is...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Roamers46
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After reading of the Imperial Palace and its gardens, we were expecting more than what is on offer. Yes, the moat is impressive as are the defensive walls made up of huge stones but, unless we missed something, the gardens were not impressive. Nor was...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Brian W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I went here expecting to see the Imperial Palace that appears on all the online maps. But once you get there — no palace. Just some ruins and lots of dormant landscaping. Yes, it’s only early March but I expected to see more here. My...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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8 April 2018|
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Response from Harris14 | Reviewed this property |
Unfortunately I don’t know. We saw people touring but in Japanese. We just walked the area. There is an app for Tokyo & it may have information.
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4 February 2017|
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Response from Encieh E | Reviewed this property |
of course. you should not miss it
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Response from niagarariverfatman | Reviewed this property |
The east gardens are free and you do not need to take a tour to get in. I think there is a small entrance fee. And the gardens are not open every day. Check with your hotel. I am sure they can tell you what days the... More