Tokyo Imperial Palace Walking Tour, Tokyo

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 approval from the Imperial Household Agency is required to join these walking tours.
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Tokyo Imperial Palace Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Tokyo Imperial Palace Walking Tour
Guide Location: Japan » Tokyo (See other walking tours in Tokyo)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.8 km
Author: ann
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Fukiage Ōmiya Palace

1) Fukiage Ōmiya Palace

This palace was previously known as the Fukiage Palace. It was originally the residence Emperor Showa and Empress Kojun. It was renamed into Fukiage Ōmiya Palace in 1989 after the death of Emperor Showa. The palace is surrounded by the beautiful Fukiage Gardens that carries its name since the Edo period. The place is usually used as a residential area for the Imperial...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Kitahanebashimon Gate

2) Kitahanebashimon Gate (must see)

Connecting the northern end of Tokyo Imperial Palace with the vibrant life outside, Kitahanebashimon (literally "Northern Drawbridge Gate") is the gate to the Honmaru enceinte. The gate is constructed as a masu-gate (square gate) and has watari-yagura-mon (double storied gateway) in a left angle within. Right next to the gate is a bridge that used to be a drawbridge during the Edo period. The metal clasps used to draw the bridge are still attached to the roof of the gate.

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Sight description based on wikipedia
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Tenshu-dai

3) Tenshu-dai

Tenshudai is the ruined base of a stone tower that was once a part of the Edo castle in Tokyo. It is located in the heart of the Central Park of the city.

The Tenshu Donjon or stone tower was constructed by the 2nd Tokugawa Shogun Hidetada who ruled Tokyo in 1607. It was improved in 1622 and completed by his successor Tokugawa Lemitsu in 1638. It formed part of the Edo Castle and was its central tower. Most castles in Japan during the shogun era had Tenshus or central towers. The Tenshu...   view more
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Tokagakudo

4) Tokagakudo

The Tokagakudo is an octagonal concert hall located within the imperial gardens of Tokyo. In Japanese, “Tokagakudo” means “peach blossom” and the structure is designed to resemble a flower.

The Tokagakudo was built as a concert hall in 1966 in honor of Empress Kojun. She was the consort of Emperor Hirohito, the longest serving Japanese emperor who became the symbol of modern Japan after World War II. She was a well known patron and lover of classical music. The hall was opened to...   view more
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East Gardens of the Imperial Palace

5) East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (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...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Tokyo Imperial Palace

6) Tokyo Imperial Palace (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...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Nijubashi Bridge

7) Nijubashi Bridge (must see)

The Nijubashi Bridge connects the Imperial Palace front Plaza called the Kokyo Gaien and the Imperial Place over a deep moat. It was once a wooden bridge with two levels which is why it was named Nijubashi or "double-bridge".

The wooden bridge was replaced with a steel bridge in 1964. It is best viewed from the large plaza called the Kokyo Gaien. Two bridges make up the entrance of the inner palace grounds. The stone bridge in front is called the Meganebashi or the Eyeglass Bridge...   view more
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Kiyomon (Main) Gate

8) Kiyomon (Main) Gate (must see)

The Main Gate is the place from which the guided walking tour of the Imperial Palace starts. Also known as Kikyomon gate, the gate itself is an architectural splendor and has been built in the same style as the Imperial Palace.

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This is the entrance to use if you want to tour the palace grounds, provided you've made a reservation in advance.
If you don't go on the tour you can only view from outside, which is not nearly as...   view more

Walking Tours in Tokyo, Japan

Create Your Own Walk in Tokyo

Create Your Own Walk in Tokyo

Creating your own self-guided walk in Tokyo is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Shibuya & Minato Nightlife

Shibuya & Minato Nightlife

An international hub and thriving cultural metropolis, Tokyo has much in store for those seeking a thrilling nightlife scene. Possessing anything from high-end nightclubs and chic lounges, to hipster hangouts and casual bars, this city has it all. Whether shopping in the trendy Ginza district or exploring the streets of the vibrant Shibuya district, a great nightspot is available for guests to let loose of their inhibitions and dance the night away. Be sure to check out all the unique locations found in the Tokyo Nightlife Tour.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.3 km
Best of Asakusa Walking Tour

Best of Asakusa Walking Tour

The Asakusa district in Tokyo is famous for the Senso-ji temple and is one of the few places in Tokyo that retains the old world charm. The temple markets, narrow streets, traditional shops and restaurants provide a glimpse of old Tokyo. It is also known as Tokyo's oldest geisha district. Take a walking tour and live the carnival atmosphere that pervades this place.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.1 km
Religious Sites Walking Tour in Takanawa

Religious Sites Walking Tour in Takanawa

Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines dot Japan’s landscape. These temples and shrines are an architectural splendor and many of these can be found in every part of Tokyo. This guide will take you to the smaller Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines in the Takanawa neighborhood of Tokyo. Most often overlooked by tourists, these temples and shrines are a beauty and should not be missed.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 km
Ginza Shopping Tour

Ginza Shopping Tour

Often compared with New York's Fifth Avenue, Ginza is a district situated in Chuo, Tokyo. It is known as one of the most luxurious shopping regions in Tokyo. The area is home to big department stores and almost all leading world brands have their presence here. Ginza is also famous for its bakeries and restaurants. The small allies leading off from the main road is lined with galleries exhibiting paintings and other artwork. This area is bound to quench the thirst of every shopaholic.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.3 km
Souvenir Shopping

Souvenir Shopping

It would be a pity to leave Tokyo without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Tokyo, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.9 km
Art Museums in Tokyo

Art Museums in Tokyo

Like any city that is steeped in history and culture, Tokyo too boasts of a rich collection of art. Art museums and galleries across the city have a rich repertoire of art pieces that are worth a view. These museums are great places to learn about Japanese art, culture and a lot more.

Tour Duration: 4 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 10.3 km

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