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“The Japanese garden is worthwhile, but...”

The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin)
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: These beautiful gardens are located outside of the Imperial Palace. Access to the gardens is open to the public although the palace itself is off limits.
Reviewed 10 November 2013

Access to the majority of the Imperial Palace gardens is limited. The historical buildings are closed off, so they can only be viewed from a distance whilst reading a plaque. The walk through the park is nice, but not more than that. The best part is the Ninomaru Japanese garden, and well worth the walk in, but don't waste your time on anything else here unless you have plenty of time and nothing else to see.

Tip: Be wary of visiting at midday, as it can get very hot in the more open area of park, and there is not a lot of place to take refuge from the sun nearby.

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Reviewed 27 October 2013

We regret going there because we spent so much time trying to get there. We went on a Tuesday I think, We tried to figure out how to get in for a while because the gates were closed. You couldn't even talk to any of the officers at the gates because they were so far away from the gates. We walked around the perimeter of the grounds and found an official. We asked him if the castle was opened and he said that it would be open tomorrow. Total waste of time.

We came back a few days later and we were able to get it. The grounds were pretty and the views from the top of the hills where the castle was were pretty cool but at the end of the day, there was nothing amazing to see.

I would definitely skip this attraction if we ever go back to Tokyo.

Thank OCTraveler23
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Reviewed 24 October 2013

Nothing outstanding but a real Oasis in the centre of the city. Take time to stroll and enjoy the peace and quiet.

Thank JaPhillipa L
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Reviewed 23 October 2013

Pretty. Very open. Trees are beautifully manicured. Can get some beautiful pictures of the tall buildings in Tokyo with the park in the foreground. The guards are very aware of what everyone is doing and get quite animated if you step over a fence!

Thank LAG28
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Reviewed 20 October 2013

If you are in Tokyo for the first time this would be a good place to start. There are finely trimmed pines, the great lawn, swans, water lilies etc. We can walk up to the moat area and gave up on the idea of visiting the Imperial Palace. You have to sign up on line for that.

Thank Catlady88
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