Imperial Palace Tours

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Home to Japan’s Emperor, Tokyo’s Imperial Palace occupies the site of the original Edo Castle (Edo-jō), the Tokugawa shogunate's castle, which was once the largest fortress in the world. Located in the center of Tokyo, the palace is surrounded by moats and serene gardens.

The Basics
Given that it is a royal residence, the palace interior and some of the grounds are closed to the public. You can stroll the meticulously manicured Imperial Palace East Garden, set at the foot of the hill where Edo Castle's foundation remains, and the Imperial Palace Outer Garden. From here you can view two famous bridges, the iron Nijubashi and the stone Meganebashi.

Free tours in English, organized by the Imperial Household Agency, allow you to see a small part of the inner compound. Or combine a visit to the Imperial Palace with other Tokyo attractions, such as the Asakusa and Ginza districts, on a sightseeing tour by bus or chartered taxi or a walking tour. Some tours allow travelers to stop for photos at the palace and also experience a Sumida River cruise, participate in a traditional tea ceremony, or take in the view from the top of Tokyo Tower.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Imperial Palace is a must-visit for those with an interest in Japanese history.
  • This has been the Imperial residence since 1868 when Emperor Meiji moved here from the former capital of Kyoto.
  • To avoid disappointment, it is best to book tour tickets in advance, but walk-in tickets are also available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • It is free to stop at the palace for photos, but various museums on the grounds may require admission fees.
  • The grounds may be closed when Imperial Court functions are scheduled.

How to Get There
The Tokyo Imperial Palace is located in a large park area in the Chiyoda ward of central Tokyo. It is a 15-minute walk to Otemon Gate, the main entrance point, from Otemachi metro station, which is served by the Chiyoda, Tozai, Hanzomon, Mita, and Marunouchi lines. Free tours depart from the Kikyomon Gate, a 10-minute walk from the Otemachi and Nijubashi metro stations.

When to Get There
The gardens are open Tuesday through Thursday and on Saturday and Sunday. Tours are offered morning and afternoon, every day except Sundays and Mondays, national holidays, and December 28 through January 4. Only morning tours are available between July 21 and August 31.

Cherry Blossoms
During sakura, the spring cherry blossom season, more of the palace grounds with old cherry trees are open to the public. It's definitely worth a visit during this time for great opportunities to photograph blooming cherry trees framing the palace, but be prepared for bigger crowds and a more thorough security process.
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Address: 1-1 Chiyoda, Tokyo 100-8111, Japan
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1-Day Tokyo Bus Tour

Discover Tokyo's must-see landmarks on this full-day coach tour including a cruise along the Tokyo Bay. Drive past the National Theater and other major attractions en route to the Imperial Palace East Garden for a stroll. Then explore the sights of Asakusa, including Senso-ji Temple, with commentary from an audio guide. Follow a tour assistant through the Tsukiji Fish Market before hopping aboard a short cruise on Tokyo Bay. Opt to include a buffet lunch if you’d like, with views of the Bay and the Rainbow Bridge from your seat.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Tokyo Tower, Tea Ceremony and Sumida River Cruise Day Tour

Take a whirlwind sightseeing tour of Tokyo as you visit the city’s top landmarks, observe a tea ceremony and enjoy a river cruise during this 8.5-hour day tour. Follow your guide to attractions including the Imperial Palace, Nakamise shopping street, Asakusa Kannon Temple and Tokyo Tower observation deck. You’ll also enjoy a traditional Japanese tea ceremony and take a 40-minute cruise on the Sumida River. This excursion in Tokyo, perfect for those with limited time, also includes lunch, all entrance fees, pickup from select hotels and a souvenir city map.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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1 Day Tokyo Private Sightseeing Tour - English Speaking Driver

Skip the hassle of waiting for others and spending too long at places of little interest on this private tour of Tokyo. In the company of just your party and a driver, you have the flexibility to customize your time to your own interests. Enjoy hassle-free pickup from your hotel and explore Tokyo at your own pace, spending as long as you wish at such landmarks as the Meiji Shrine, Imperial Palace, and Tsukiji Fish Market.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Half Day Sightseeing Tour in Tokyo

Spend your morning sightseeing in Tokyo by comfortable coach. Motor past multiple landmarks, such as the National Diet Building, and stop to explore significant sites including the Imperial Palace East Garden and Senso-ji Temple in Asakusa. Your Tokyo tour includes round-trip transport and headsets so you can clearly hear your guide.
  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
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Tokyo Morning Sightseeing Tour

Enjoy the best attractions the Japanese capital has to offer in a short time period as you sample the city’s shopping and culture on this 3.5-hour Tokyo city tour. Join a guide as you explore famous Tokyo landmarks like the iconic Tokyo Tower, the serene Asakusa Kannon Buddhist temple and make a brief stop for photos outside the Imperial Palace. Your morning Tokyo excursion also includes pickup from select hotels, entrance fees and a souvenir city map to continue your exploration.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Tokyo Highlights Afternoon Tour and Sumida River Cruise

Take in some of the top sights in Tokyo during this 3.5-hour sightseeing excursion and river cruise perfect for those short on time. Get a sky-high view of the city from the 40th floor of the World Trade Center building, before exploring the sacred confines of Asakusa Kannon Temple, strolling the shops of Nakamise Street and then stopping by the Imperial Palace and Ginza district. Your experience finishes with a relaxing 40-minute cruise. This Tokyo exploration and cruise also includes a guide, all entrance fees and pickup from select hotels.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Half-Day Private Custom Chartered Taxi Tour of Tokyo

Discover the highlights of Tokyo from the comfort of your own private custom chartered taxi. You won’t have to worry about getting lost as your driver will navigate. There will be no wasting time seeing things that don’t interest you—customize your tour so you only see the areas you’re interested in. Possible attractions include Asakusa Temple, Tsukiji Fish Market, or Meiji Jingu Shrine. 
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Full Day Private Custom Chartered Taxi Tour of Tokyo

As the largest city in the world, Tokyo can often feel difficult to get around. Save yourself hours of hassle with a private, chartered taxi service that’s ideal for first-time visitors with limited time in Japan’s capital.  As well as having a driver at your disposal, you’ll be accompanied by a private guide who provides local insight into the metropolis. Plus, taking a private tour means you’ll receive tailored recommendations to last your entire vacation.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Japan Sakura Tour 6days

Japan's cherry blossoms, also known as sakura, are known world-wide for their beauty. So why do Japanese like cherry blossom so much? If you watch a cherry blossoms in Japan, you will get the answer.Cosplayer girl get on the bus with you and spice up the sightseeing!! - Only day2 -Tour through the major cities of Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto.Visit top attractions in Japan including Asakusa, Kiyomizu Temple, Kinkakuji, and more !
  • Duration: 6 days
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Tokyo Day Tour: Meiji Shrine, Asakusa Temple and Tokyo Bay Cruise

Enjoy a comprehensive Tokyo one-day tour, covering its best gardens, temples, shopping areas and a Tokyo Bay cruise over the course of your 8.5-hour trip. Check out Meiji Temple, the city’s most famous Shinto site before visiting the Imperial Palace and Tokyo’s oldest Buddhist site, Asakusa Kannon Temple (Senso-ji). You’ll also get to do some shopping in Tokyo’s Nakamise and Ginza districts before enjoying a 50-minute cruise on Tokyo Bay. This Tokyo excursion also includes a guide, coach transport, pickup from select hotels, entrance fees and lunch.
  • Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes
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Private Custom Tour: Tokyo in a Day

Discover Tokyo at your own pace on this 4- or 8-hour private, custom tour with guide. Design a tour that’s perfect for your interests. There’s a world of options, including the fish market at Tsukiji, the city’s temples and shrines, shopping excursions and food or sake tours. Your private custom tour includes a guide, entrance fees at select attractions, snacks, round-trip transport from your hotel with meet-and-greet and a car (for the private transfer option), or public transport (for the public transfer) and optional lunch (for the full-day tour).
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Tokyo Morning Tour: Meiji Shrine, Senso-ji Temple and Ginza Shopping District

See some of the top Tokyo temples, gardens and shopping areas during this 4-hour bus tour, perfect for first-time city visitors and those short on time. During your Tokyo exploration you’ll marvel at the city’s Meiji Jingu Shrine, see the Imperial Palace East Garden and stop at Asakusa Kannon Temple (known as Senso-ji). Finish your excursion at the busy Ginza shopping district and the colorful Nakamise Street, another commercial hotspot. This overview of the temples, shopping and shrines of Tokyo includes a guide, entrance fees and pickup from select hotels.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Electric-Powered Biking Tour: Asakusa, Roppongi, Akihabara, and Imperial Palace

Take a pedal-powered trip through Tokyo aboard an electric-powered cycle on this 2 or 3-hour sightseeing tour by bike. Sample a mix of the Japanese capital’s historic and modern landmarks, visiting hotspots like the neighborhoods of Asakusa, Shinjuku, Roppongi and Akihabara, the Imperial Palace, the Tokyo Skytree, and much more.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Tokyo Skytree, Asakusa and Central Tokyo Sightseeing Tour

Get a unique perspective on Tokyo on this 6-hour bus tour of the city’s top must-see sights, culminating in a visit to the Tokyo Skytree, one of the world’s tallest towers. Start in central Tokyo, where you’ll drive past the Imperial Palace Plaza, National Diet Building and State Guest House, then head to the city’s Ginza and Akhibara districts. Then check out Buddhist shrines of Asakusa before getting a sky-high view of Tokyo on top of its towering Skytree attraction. Your excursion also includes hotel pickup, a guide and Skytree admission.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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Small-Group Tokyo Biking Tour

Get an intimate look at Tokyo during this 6.5-hour bike tour. Discover the city’s hidden paths and top landmarks, cycling beneath the skyscrapers of Shinjuku to a local shrine and exploring neighborhoods like Ginza and Roppongi Hills. Pass landmarks like Meiji Jingu Shrine, Yoyogi Park, and the Imperial Palace before ending at the top of the 48-story Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building. A guide, bike, and helmet are included.
  • Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes
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Private Tokyo Helicopter Tour

See Tokyo from the air during a private helicopter ride over the city. The flight takes in impressive aerial views of Tokyo’s skyscrapers and landmarks, which you’ll see from the helicopter’s large panoramic windows. Gaze out at the Imperial Palace, Tokyo Tower, Tsukiji Market, and more, during your private ride above the Japanese capital. Numbers are limited to three people per booking.
  • Duration: 40 minutes
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TOKYO HISTORICAL CYCLING TOUR -Off-Street Cycling Tokyo-

Bus tours can quickly transport you to top sights, but to really get a feel for Tokyo join this small-group bicycle tour. Soak up the atmosphere while pedaling at an easy pace through the back streets of the city between such historical attractions as temples and the Imperial Palace. Includes lunch at the famed Tsukiji Fish Market.
  • Duration: 270 to 330 minutes
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  • Duration: 270 to 330 minutes
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Private Tokyo Custom Half-Day Tour by Chartered Vehicle

Discover Tokyo on your own terms thanks to this 4-hour customizable private tour. Climb aboard you charted bus, limo or van as you explore some of the Japanese capital’s top monuments, ranging from Meiji Jingu Shrine to historic Asakusa, the Imperial Palace and much more. The choice is up to you and your group. Best of all, your private vehicle, driver and round-trip pickup from central Tokyo are included. An optional guide is also on call.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Small-Group Full-Day Tokyo Minivan Tour

Enjoy the perfect overview of Tokyo’s top attractions during this 8-hour city sightseeing trip with a small group. Travel through the Japanese capital by minivan, stopping for short guided walks at stops including Tsukiji Fish Market, the Meiji Shrine, Harajuku, the Imperial Palace East Garden, Asakusa and more.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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$170.00 USD
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Private Tour - A bike tour in the center of Tokyo

Cycle around the Imperial Palace and its surrounding area! The Imperial Palace is located right in the center of Tokyo, on a vast piece of land, rich in nature. The historic Edo Castle once stood on this land. On this tour you will cycle around the Imperial Palace, getting a chance to enjoy both the scenery of the great metropolis and this historic structure. The route around the Imperial Palace is 6.6km, but the bikes you will be riding are electrically powered, so you will not feel too tired! You will also visit an impressive building which was built between the end of the 19th century and beginning of the 20th century, as well as the National Diet Building. Fancy a breezy cycle around central Tokyo with your private otomo tour guide?
  • Duration: 4 to 5 hrs
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  • Duration: 4 to 5 hrs
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Cherry Blossom Viewing and Tokyo Tower Tour

Visit some of Tokyo’s top spots for viewing cherry blossoms during this seasonal full-day tour—perfect for photographers or anyone wishing to see this magnificent annual spectacle. Check out Showa Memorial Park, and then head to Shinjuku Gyoen, home to more than 1,000 cherry trees. You’ll also scale the heights of the Tokyo Tower for fantastic views of the city and beyond. This guided cherry-blossom tour includes a traditional Japanese lunch, too.Please note: This seasonal tour runs yearly between March and April. The dates are subject to change.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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  • Duration: 9 hours
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Private Tokyo Custom Full-Day Tour by Chartered Vehicle

Spend a day seeing Tokyo at your own pace with a private vehicle and optional guide. Tailor an itinerary that is suited to your group, with or without a private guide to accompany you. Choose to visit top attractions such as Tokyo Tower, the Imperial Palace, Edo Castle, Senso-ji Temple in Asakusa, and Tsukiji Market, which is renowned for its fresh seafood. You could also add a stop at Edo Tokyo Museum, Tokyo Sky Tree, Takeshita Street where Harajuku culture flourishes, or the districts of Ginza, Odaiba or Akihabara.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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$805.00 USD
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6-Night Tokyo, Mt. Fuji, Hakone, and Kyoto Tour with Bullet Train Transport

Discover the highlights in and around Tokyo and Kyoto with this 6-night tour of Japan. With transport by Shinkansen bullet train and accommodation in 3.5-star hotels included, the experience lets you check off your Japan bucket list sights with ease. Visit Mt. Fuji, Hakone, Asakusa, and the Imperial Palace while you're based in Tokyo, then travel to Kyoto to immerse yourself in the city's many temples and shrines. Even better? You can rest assured there are no compulsory shopping mall visits throughout the tour.
  • Duration: 8 days
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Tokyo City Private Tour by Subway

Live it up in Tokyo like a local during this private 7-hour city tour conducted via the city’s extensive public transit system. Stroll the endless rows of seafood for sale at world-famous Tsukiji Fish Market, sampling some fresh sashimi for breakfast (own expense). Then take your trip to new heights at the 2,000-foot (634-meter) Skytree and explore historic Japan in Tokyo’s Asakusa neighborhood. You’ll finish your day in the upscale Ginza shopping area. A private guide, plus hotel pickup and drop-off are covered.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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