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  • Address: 1-1 Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan 100-8111
  • Hours: Tues–Thurs, Sat–Sun. March 1–April 14, Sept 1–Oct 31: 9am–4:30pm; April 15–Aug 30: 9am–5pm; Nov 1–Feb 28: 9am–4pm
  • Admission: Free

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Imperial Palace

The primary residence of the Emperor of Japan, Tokyo’s Imperial Palace is set in the center of the city, constructed where the original Edo Castle once stood. While the palace interior and some of the grounds are closed to the public, a photo stop here is a highlight for travelers to the city.

For much of the year, the only area accessible to visitors is the palace’s East Gardens, set at the foot of the hill where Edo Castle’s foundation remains. The gardens’ natural pond, manicured trees and lush greenery are set alongside ancient stone bridges and even a few museums, making the Imperial Palace both a scenic and historical spot in Tokyo.

Often included in city tours, the palace can be seen along with a number of the city’s other attractions, including the Asakusa district, National Diet Building and State Guest House. Some combo tours allow travelers to stop for photos at the palace and also experience a Sumida River cruise, participate in traditional tea ceremonies or head up to the top of Tokyo Tower.

Insider’s Tip: During Sakura, the spring cherry blossom season, more of the palace grounds with old trees are open to the public. It’s definitely worth a visit during this time, but be prepared for vast crowds and a thorough security process.

Practical Info

The Tokyo Imperial Palace is located in a large park-like area in the Chiyoda ward of central Tokyo, accessible by foot from Otemachi Station on the Chiyoda, Mita, Hanzomon, Marunouchi and Tozai lines. It is free to stop for photos, but the various museums on the grounds may require admission fees. Otemon Gate is the main entrance point. The gardens are closed on Monday and Friday.

Those looking to see the Imperial Palace interior must book an official tour with the Imperial Household Agency. Both advance and same-day reservations are available (same-day only through October 2016), although travelers should note that these interior tours are conducted in Japanese only.

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Tokyo Tower, Tea Ceremony and Sumida River Cruise Day Tour

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