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“Beautiful well maintained Gardens”

The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin)
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Tokyo City Private Tour by Subway
Ranked #5 of 273 things to do in Chiyoda
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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.
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Beautiful well maintained Gardens”
Reviewed 27 November 2013

There is no charge and the gardens are beautiful and well maintained well worth the time to see them. Took an unhurried walk down the various paths and the Edo ruin. The fortification walls and gates are amazing to see with the huge dry laid blocks. Only a 'hill' remains of the actual castle

Visited November 2013
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Singapore, Singapore
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“Just another Garden”
Reviewed 27 November 2013

Free entry into the gardens. Went there on a Saturday, so there is a number of people in there. You have to change a pass to enter and to return it when you exit. There is a small museum that houses some art work, takes about 5 mins max. Then a walk around the old walls and that is about it. Most of the buildings are no entry too.

Visited November 2013
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Singapore, Singapore
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“Nothing much here, just pass by on your way to the gardens”
Reviewed 20 November 2013

The ruins themselves are pretty much just..ruins. There isn't much to see here, so just pass on by to the garden, which is what we're really here for.

Visited October 2013
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Montreal, Canada
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“The Japanese garden is worthwhile, but...”
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.

Visited September 2013
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Lake Forest, California
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“Just ok”
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.

Visited September 2013
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