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Imperial Palace, Tokyo

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Government Building · Historic Walking Area
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Home of the imperial family, Imperial Palace and its expansive grounds stand among the city's most popular attractions for foreign visitors. Badly damaged during World War II, the palace underwent a massive reconstruction project in the 1960s. Today, visitors tour the complex at the heart of the city to see the living and working quarters of the imperial family, as well as an array of historic landmarks that include lush gardens and a famous stone bridge. Keep in mind that you must book a tour by phone or via the palace website in order to join a guided tour on the day of your visit. Tour spots fill up fast, so reserve yours early to avoid disappointment upon arrival. PutImperial Palace into our Tokyo holiday planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • If you enjoyed seeing the imperial gardens, you can see more of them by booking the (free) imperial garden tour, on the imperial website. The whole tour last about 90mns, and though not mind-blowing.....  more
    If you enjoyed seeing the imperial gardens, you can see more of them by booking the (free) imperial garden tour, on the imperial website. The whole tour last about 90mns, and though not mind-blowing.....  more »
  • A nice view form outside. We were bit late to walk around.Majestic impression. Enroute was beautiful and full of friendly people. 
    A nice view form outside. We were bit late to walk around.Majestic impression. Enroute was beautiful and full of friendly people.  more »
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  • Don't really waste your time if you only got a short time in Tokyo. If you only have a week or two you can probably spend that in more interesting places. I took the guided English tour and it's not really that interesting and nothing much to see. The reason you see the same building in most pictures is because that's probably the most interesting you will see. If you have a lot of time, feel free to go ahead but the name sounds a lot more interesting than it actually is. You get a little information on the tour but that's mostly it. At least it's free.
  • The grounds of the Imperial Palace are very well maintained, and is a great place to visit for a walk. We visited in January, so it is most likely less crowded during that time. If you're in the area, it's a great place to stop by to see the gardens and buildings.

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