Tokyo Imperial Palace, Tokyo

Tokyo Imperial Palace, Tokyo (must see)

The Tokyo Imperial Palace (Kyūden) is the residence of the Emperor and Empress of Japan. It is located in the center of the city surrounded by high walls and a large moat.

The Tokyo Imperial Palace stands on the site of the former Edo Castle that was the residence of the Tokugawa Shogunate who ruled Tokyo during the Edo era. After the defeat of the shoguns in 1868, the imperial residence shifted from Kyoto to Tokyo and a new palace was constructed in 1888. The Palace was completely destroyed during the World War II air attacks and rebuilt based on the original design in 1968. It is accessible through a double bridge. Of the former Edo castle, only moats, defensive walls, gatehouses and turrets remain.

The Kokyo Palace and inner gardens are not open to the public with the exception of two days annually. The public is allowed to greet the emperor and empress on January the 2nd for the New Year and the Emperor on his birthday which falls on December 23rd. On these days, the imperial family makes several appearances on the balcony of the palace. Visitors can reserve a tour over the internet with the imperial household agency to view the inner garden and the Kokyo.

Why You Should Visit:
Large, beautiful, quiet and green place worth a leisurely stroll, with an excellent view of Tokyo's high-rise skyline to boot.
The free tours are recommended for people who are more serious or interested in history and/or photography.

Tip:
Tours are conducted at 10am and 1:30pm each day for around 1h 15min duration.
Note that the tours are generally not conducted on Sundays & Mondays.
Be prepared to have a long, very long, walk through the area and avoid sunny afternoons.
Sight description based on wikipedia

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

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Tokyo Imperial Palace Walking Tour

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The Imperial Palace, residence of the Japanese Emperor was once the site of the Edo Castle in the 17th – 19th Century. Located in the heart of the city, it is a vast expanse of green and is surrounded by moats. The palace is open only for two days a year - January 1st and December 23rd. However, walking tours of the inner palace grounds is conducted on weekdays except on special occasions. Prior...  view more

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