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

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

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.
Duration: More than 3 hours
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Neighbourhood: 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 with anyone looking for a night out.
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  • Gardengel-IoW
    West Sussex, United Kingdom889 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    So disappointing
    I dont think I have ever been more disappointed in a garden. If size is the key then this fits the bill. Otherwise no. Yes, lovely open space, more parkland or estate than garden though. Some seasonal highlights but there are far better gardens in Tokyo let alone Japan. In fact if you are intending to go because of the garden I wouldnt bother. The Ninomaru garden is the best bit, a Japanese garden within the grounds, but this was created in 1964. The site is huge and not easy to navigate (map wise not accessibility) and was tiring to walk around and I would rather have spent that time else where sadly. We did spend about 2 hours here, mostly wandering thinking there must be something else to see, but no.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 July 2023
  • carloscharmy
    Bangkok, Thailand781 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Serene ambiance
    Having visited the East Gardens of the Imperial Palace in both spring and summer, I find the springtime bloom of azaleas in Ninomaru garden truly enchanting. Spending 2-3 hours leisurely exploring the expansive grounds, I enjoyed the serene ambiance, captivating gardens, and impressive stonewalls. The fact that it's free of charge adds to its appeal. Ideal for relaxation and nature appreciation.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 14 August 2023
  • PancakeRoll
    233 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Definitely a must see in Tokyo.
    Exit Tokyo Station Marounochi Central Exit. Go straight ahead towards the Palace gardens. If you've skipped breakfast or just fancy a Match latte across the bridge on Hibiya Dori Ave there’s a big Starbucks in Wadakura Funsui Park which has a good view. Cross over and look around the lower part as there are some good photo opportunities , but most of the Palace access is shut off to the public. Trace your steps back and go eastbound around the outside and you’ll reach the entry/exit for the main gardens. Going the other way is quite a trek. Beautiful gardens for around an hour or so stroll.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 1 May 2024
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Beth Anne P
64 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Got to the gardens 75 minutes before closing on a rainy late afternoon. It was magical and I wish we'd had time to meander more. But its a stunning botanical garden, lots of little ponds and bridges and paths, surrounded by the Imperial palace moat/fortifications and bordered by the palace itself (which isn't readily open for visitors, apparently). Lots of the trees are labelled, which was cool. And the koi were wonderful. You can start at the north bit and work your way down to the exit on the south east side, then connect to Hibiya park and walk further. On the day we went, the gardens were free though I don't know if they always are. You do need to be searched to enter because of its proximity to the palace.
Written 19 May 2024
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PancakeRoll
PancakeRoll233 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Exit Tokyo Station Marounochi Central Exit. Go straight ahead towards the Palace gardens. If you've skipped breakfast or just fancy a Match latte across the bridge on Hibiya Dori Ave there’s a big Starbucks in Wadakura Funsui Park which has a good view.
Cross over and look around the lower part as there are some good photo opportunities , but most of the Palace access is shut off to the public. Trace your steps back and go eastbound around the outside and you’ll reach the entry/exit for the main gardens. Going the other way is quite a trek.
Beautiful gardens for around an hour or so stroll.
Written 1 May 2024
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Bob W
Offshore131 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Very little garden content and what was there was in awful state. Weeds running rampant. Yes it’s free but on a hot day we wondered what we were doing there. Tokyo and Japan take pride in appearance, so this was quite surprise.
Written 28 April 2024
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chowso
Gloucester, UK1,758 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
There are some really nice parts of the gardens but you need to make sure you plan where you're going as we expected to be able to pass through some gates and bridges that were closed, and this added a lot of walking.
The ninomaru garden is pretty and more interesting than some of the other areas. There are also some very fancy carp in the ponds. There isn't really a ruin of the old castle as such, just an open area where people go for picnics and to relax.
There were some nice azaleas and rhododendron peeking out, so I imagine it's very pretty when they are blooming.
Written 27 April 2024
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Birgitta-Kenneth
Solna, Sweden1,484 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
An absolutely astonishing garden in springtime with all the colours you can ask for and extremely well-kept that goes along with the old Edo ruin. Perfect place to relax and chill down so really recommended
Written 24 April 2024
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True W
353 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
Be mindful lots of walking and lots of people jogging in the weekend. Great photos opportunities and just a lovely place to see.
Written 20 April 2024
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Darren L
Queenstown, MD821 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Beautiful gardens to walk through and enjoy. A variety of paths you can take.

There is also a great history to this place on the palace grounds. Check out the walls and buildings as well.
Written 26 March 2024
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Cotham20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
We had a great time and recommend the tour without hesitation. We learnt so much about the Shogunate and Edo period of Japanese history. Mieko was a fantastic and very knowledgeable guide.
Written 24 March 2024
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sunrise99
Yorkshire654 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
A good place to seek some tranquility situated close to high rise flats. Spend time wandering around the grounds which have been well kept.
Written 17 March 2024
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Oldjack
Greater Melbourne, Australia28,749 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
On a nice sunny winters day there is nothing better than a stroll through the East Gardens of the Imperial Palace . They are not the best Japanese gardens around but there is plenty of history and you can view a serene place in the central part of Tokyo.
Written 3 March 2024
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