The Emperor's Palace, Tokyo , The Imperial Palace , Japan
The Imperial Palace

Located at the heart of Tokyo, the Emperor's Palace remains a mystery for visitors who will just have to be satisfied with visiting the garden.

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The Emperor's Palace, Tokyo Japan
By Amy Adejokun Amy Adejokun Section editor Profile

Discover The Emperor's Palace, Tokyo

The heart of the city is an impressive expanse of greenery and flowers surrounded by the ancient moats of Edo Castle and the imposing buildings of the business district of Marunouchi. This is where the Emperor lives and the castle is completely off limits to us common folk. Visitors will just have to be happy with seeing the Prussian-inspired Nijubashi Bridge that leads to the imperial gate, which opens onto the castle grounds. However, organised visits of the Palace Courtyard take place twice a week but just remember to book in advance. Although you cannot visit the castle itself, we do recommend you come here to stroll around the Kokyo Higashi Gyoen Garden (Imperial Palace East Garden) and discover the many plant species. You can also see the remains of the old Edo Castle and even visit the Sannomaru Shozokan (Museum of the Imperial Collections).

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The Emperor's Palace, Tokyo

The Emperor's Palace, Tokyo , Nijubashi Bridge , Japan
Nijubashi Bridge

The Prussian-inspired bridge leads to the Emperor's gate, behind which lies his residence.

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The Emperor's Palace, Tokyo , The Imperial Palace garden , Japan
The Imperial Palace garden

There are many plant species that make up this garden, which itself is a breath of fresh air in the middle of a very dense urban jungle.

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The Emperor's Palace, Tokyo , The palace and castle , Japan
The palace and castle

The palace stands on what was once the site of Edo Castle and its former keep can still be seen.

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The Emperor's Palace, Tokyo , The walls of the palace , Japan
The walls of the palace

All of the walls are surrounded by a moat with evenly spaced out guard posts.

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The Emperor's Palace, Tokyo , Nijubashi Bridge under surveillance , Japan
Nijubashi Bridge under surveillance

Two guards stand watch at the access to Nijubashi Bridge, which leads to the residence of the imperial family.

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