East Gardens of the Imperial Palace, Tokyo

East Gardens of the Imperial Palace, Tokyo (must see)

The East Gardens of the Tokyo Imperial Palace is a beautiful green space in the midst of the bustling city. The public can enter the garden through any of the three historic gates, the Ōte-mon, the Hirakawa-mon or the Kitahanebashi-mon.

The East Gardens was laid out during the Meiji era when the Emperor seized control of the city from the Tokugawa Shogunate. It was opened for public viewing in 1968 and covers an area of nearly 52 acres, featuring a traditional Japanese garden, a tea ceremony room, a guard house, concert hall and a small forest.

During spring, the garden is adorned with blooming Sakura or cherry blossom trees. The garden has nearly 30 species of cherry trees. Other notable plants are bamboo, peonies, a grove of plum trees and willow trees. The garden has over one thousand species of native Japanese plants. There is also a large green lawn, called the Oshibahu, that was once used for imperial ceremonies. Structures within the gardens include two guardhouses that once guarded the gates and the remains of a stone tower, called the Tenshu Dai. It is open to the public daily except on Mondays and Fridays, and a map of the garden is available at the guardhouse near the Ōte-mon Gate to help visitors find their way.

Why You Should Visit:
Nice spot for a picnic with large grassy areas.
If you're into a little exercise, it's a great place for that too.
Plenty of cultural significance otherwise, with some remnants dating back to 1600s!
Entry is free and easy. Some free guided tours are offered but you must come early.

Tip:
Try to avoid the hottest hours of a hot day, as it can get very hot in the more open area.
For the boat rides you should go to the Chiyoda, the opposite part of the castle.

Opening Hours:
Tue-Thu, Sat-Sun: 9am-4:30pm; closed on Mondays & Fridays
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Sight Name: East Gardens of the Imperial Palace
Sight Location: Tokyo, Japan
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) containing this sight: Tokyo Imperial Palace Walking Tour  

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