Imperial Palace East Gardens (Kōkyo Higashi Gyoen)

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The Imperial Palace East Gardens are a part of the inner palace area and are open to the public. They are on the site where Edo Castle’s innermost circles of defense used to be. Edo Castle was the residence of the Tokugawa shogun who ruled Japan from 1603 to 1867. Emperor Meiji also resided there from 1868 to 1888 before moving to the newly constructed Imperial Palace. Sadly however none of the main buildings remain today only the moats, walls, entrance gates and several guardhouses are still in existance.

On the top of the hill, where the castles’ innermost buildings once stood, a wide lawn and the remaining foundation of the former castle tower can be found. And inside the secondary circle of defense, at the foot of the hill, a nice Japanese style garden has been created.

Opening Hours 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Closed Mondays & Fridays
(Schedule may change due to national holidays)
Admission Free
Access The Otemon entrance to the East Gardens is a short walk from Otemachi Station (Chiyoda, Tozai, Marunouchi, Hanzomon and Mita Subway Lines).Alternatively it is a 10-15 minute walk from Tokyo Station.

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2 Responses

  1. marchioness says:

    If you visit this place around noon, it might be better to bring lunch since there’s no restaurant. It’s nice to have a picnic here.

  2. Masayo says:

    I visited there in autum, I could see many leaves of tree turned red and yellow. It is good place for walking, picnik, and you can enjoy Japanese traditional park.

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