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Tokyo Imperial Palace (皇居, Kōkyo)

The Tokyo Imperial Palace

Tokyo Imperial Palace

Tokyo Imperial Palace is the main residence of the Emperor of Japan. What  magnificent park-like grounds surround the palace. What breathless beauty! The Tokyo Imperial Palace is  located in the Chiyoda ward of Tokyo.  This beautiful palace contains several buildings and is in part open to the public. The Tokyo Imperial Palace is made up of the main palace, private residence of the current Imperial Family, Administration Complex, and a fantastic art museum.  What an awesome place to spend a few hours. The current Imperial Palace is located on the former site of Edo Castle. There remains remnants of the ancient Edo Castle. There is a beautiful large park that is surrounded by massive stone walls. A magnificent moat surrounds the complete area. The walls, the moat, and the guard tower provide security. The Tokyo Imperial Palace is one of the most magnificent in the world. It radiates peace and tranquility! In spring, the fragrance of Cherry blossoms fill the air. All this beauty can be found in downtown Tokyo.  It is a nice pleasant walk from the downtown Tokyo train station.

The Tokyo Imperial Palace is in the midst of a magnificent park in the city of  Tokyo. It is an oasis in the city! It is only a 5-10 minute walk from city center. With beautiful trees and flowers through out, it is a breath of fresh air for this metropolitan area. What a pleasant place to walk! Smell the freshness of the air! Relax in this peaceful park! Enjoy this urban sanctuary.  You are welcome to visit the area surrounding  the palace itself with an advance reservation. Reservations may be made online at:

Museum of the Imperial Collections

The Museum of the Imperial Collections is located in the East Garden of the Imperial Palace. The East Garden itself, is one of the most amazing gardens in Japan.  The Museum of the Imperial Collections is home to approximately 9,500 works of art. There are some of the most amazing paintings which have been passed down through previous generations. Among the collections find paintings and calligraphy from previous Royal families. What beautiful crafts of a former time. This is one of the world’s finest collections of art.

Directions and Hours of operation as given on the Website:

Address: East Gardens of the Imperial Palace, 1-1 Chiyoda, Chiyoda-Ku, Tokyo
Phone: 03-3213-1111 ( East Gardens of the Imperial Palace)
Hours open to visitors: 09:00-5:15 (admission until 5:00). Closing time varies throughout the year according to the season.
Admission Fee: Free Admission
Closed: Mondays, Fridays, New Year (Dec 28 to Jan 3) and other special occasions and holidays. If Monday or Friday is a national holiday, the gardens are closed on the day following instead.
Directions: 5 minutes on foot from Otemachi Station on the Tokyo Metro Subway

Imperial Palace Outer Gardens

The Outer Gardens of the palace is the largest public park in Tokyo. It is filled with beautiful green trees, flowering cherry trees, and other native flowers and bushes. It is the largest green space on a waterfront in Tokyo. With-in the park are remnants of the ancient Edo Castle. You will find pictures of Edo Castle in the museum. The park has many waterfront spaces.  It is frequented  by the local business men and women daily. What a fantastic place to have lunch! What peace! What tranquility! The Outer Gardens are a breath of fresh air in the midst of one of the world’s largest cities. It is a place of harmony and serenity in the midst of urban chaos.

Information on the Outer Garden:

Address: 1-1 Kokyo-gaien, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Directions: Short 10-minute walk from JR Tokyo Station;
Just a  5-minute walk from Nijubashi Station on the Tokyo-metro;
Short 5-minute walk from Hibiya Station on the Hibiya Line.

Published on July 4th, 2017 at: