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  • Address: 1-1 Chiyada
  • Hours: Different locations in the palace are open to the public on a limited basis
  • Admission: Free

The Tokyo Imperial Palace is home to the head of state, and is where the Imperial Family lives. It is also the former site of the Edo Castle. Filled with gardens, ancient stone bridges, and museums, the Tokyo Imperial Palace is a beautiful, historical, and important cultural landmark in Japan.

In front of the Imperial Palace, visitors can view the Nijubashi, two ancient, stone bridges that lead to the inner palace grounds. The inner palace grounds are not open to the public, except on January 2 and December 23, two days that commemorate the New Year and the Emperor's birthday.

However, the Imperial East Gardens are open to the public, and stand at the foot of the hill where the foundation of the Edo Castle tower still remains. The gardens have a natural pond, with groomed trees and lush greenery.

Practical Info

The Tokyo Imperial Palace is located in a large park-like area in the Chiyoda ward of central Tokyo. To visit the Tokyo Imperial Palace, it is important to plan a tour in advance since only the museums are available to view without reservations.

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