The Imperial palace has been the center of the capital from the Edo period to modern age. The Palace is famous for its moats, stone walls and gates. However, in fact there is a variety of attractive tourists' destinations such as art museums, historic sites and large parks which will fully satisfy visitors. The palace is rich in lush greenery and its contrast with modern buildings is awesome.
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AT the south exit of Tokyo station (in front of ticket vending machines )
Imperial Palace outer garden once hosted the residences of provincial feudal lords. Today it offers a spacious plaza and cultivated lawn surrounded with numerous beautiful black pine trees.
When visitors face the palace ground from the Outer Garden, the Imperial Palace Plaza commands the best view of the Tatumi Yagura and Kikyo-mon gates to theright, the splendid Nijubashi (Double Bridge) with the Fushimi Yagura in the background and teh Sakrada-mon Gate to the left.
The East Gardens of Imperial Palace was the main site of the main castle keep of Edo Castle. This garden was home to the Tokugawa shoguns and the center of their government.
The Ninomaru (the second keep of Edo Castle) served as the residence for the retired Tokugawa shouguns and heir apparents. The Ninomaru has a beautiful garden which was designed in 1626 by Kobori Enshu, the noted landscape architect.
National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo displays a number of modern artworks produced by Japanese artists from various genres from the Meiji era through the early 20th century. The museum contains Japanese artworks such as paintings, sculptures and portraits by leading artists.
The Nippon Budokan is a national center of traditiona Japnese martial arts. The Nippon Budokan hosts a variety of Japanese traditional martial arts events, - primarily Judo, Kendo, Kyoudo and Karate.
The 700-m-long Chidorigafuchi pedestrian walkways will be covered with many kinds of cherry blossoms, such as pale pink Somei-yoshino blossoms and the rich pink Yama-zakura blossoms.
The Imperial Shrine of Yasukuni, informally known as the Yasukuni Shrine is a Shinto shrine founded by Emperor Meiji in 1869 and commemorate those who died in service of Japan from the Boshin War to the First Indochina War.
At Hanzomon station of Hanzo-mon line
This is a trip to go around the imperial Palace and visit all accessible parts of the Palace. The Imperial Palace's attractions are not only Double Bridge, Imperial Palace and the East garden but also the museum of modern art, Nippon Budokan and Chidorigafuchi park.
First, we will start visiting the spacious Imperial Palace Outer Garden covered with lawn and many pine trees to see the Double Bridge, also called eyeglasses bridge with Fushimi turret which makes a nice picture as a backdrop for the Double Bridge. After walking through the outer garden, looking at Kikyomon gate and Tatsumi turret, we
enter the East Garden of Imperial Palace which was the main castle keep of Tokugawa Shogun where we can see remaining constructions of the castle which is reminiscent of Edo period. The Kitanomaru Garden was originally located in the northern section of the main castle keep of Edo Castle. Successive generations of the Tokugawa clan resided here until the Edo of the shogunate. The Kitanomaru district was occupied by the Konoe Miliatyr Rgeiment from 1874 until 1945 for the safety of Emperor. The garden was opened to the general public as part of the Imperial Palace to commemorate the 60th birthday of the late Empero Showa. The park is surrounded by evergreen trees as well as a variety of plants and flowers.
Guide fee, hotel pick-up in Chiyoda ward
Transportation fee (you and guide), entrance fee, lunch, dinner
Entrance fee :
The national Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo ￥500 (plus ￥1,500 for rotating exhibit)
The nationaⅼ Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo/crafts Gallery ￥250
Yasukuni Shrine costs Nil but Yukyu kan exhibition hall ￥1,000
Walking shoes is recommended as you will walk long distance.
The East garden of Imperial Palace: It is closed on Monday and Friday
The National Museum of Modern Art: Open 10:00~17:00 Close on Monday (If national holiday falls on Monday, it is closed on Tuesday) admission: ￥500
The National Museum of Crafts Gallery: Open 10:00~17:00 Close on Monday (If national holiday fall on Monday, it is closed on Tuesday) adimission:¥250
The Science museum : Open 9:30~16:50 Close on Wednesday
Yasukuni shirine : Open 6:00~17:00(March -October close 18:00) Admission: Nil (Yukyu kan exhibition hall：￥1,000）
Tokyo station south exit (Marunouchi side)---> Imperial Palace Outer Garden---> Double bridge--->Otemon Gate--->East Garden of Imperial Palace--->National Museum of Modern Art--->National Museum of Modern Art/Crafts Gallary---> Budokan--->Yasukuni Shrine--->Chidorigaguchi Park--->Hanzomon station
Nao is an excellent and fun guide. He has taken several of my customers of tours around Tokyo and everyone enjoyed it very much. I definitely recommend him!
Dear Zachary Thank you very much for your comment on my recent service. I will keep making efforts to better my skills as guide and make good memories for visitors from overseas countries. Nao Kurobe