What we call KOKYO is the palace of TENNO (Emperor) which had been the castle of Tokugawa Shogunate (1603-1868) until Tokugawa Yoshinobu declared that the Shogunate give back the government to the Emperor in 1867. The Emperor had been taken away the government after the WW2 under the national democratization. The Emperor remains living in the palace as the symbolic being of Japanese nation.
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You can pay a visit there and walk around some parts of the site as you do in a park.
Tokyo Imperial Palace, stands on the former site of Edo Castle. The outer moats can be reached in a five minute walk from Tokyo Station.
The palace buildings and inner gardens are not open to the public. Only on January 2 (New Year's Greeting) and December 23 (Emperor's Birthday)
Fondest memory: We can view the Nijubashi, two bridges that form an entrance to the inner palace grounds. The stone bridge in front is called Meganebashi (Eyeglass Bridge) for its looks. The bridge in the back was formerly a wooden bridge with two levels, from which the name Nijubashi (Double Bridge) is derived.
Fondest memory: The Imperial Palace East Garden are a part of the inner palace area and are open to the public, except on Mondays, Fridays and special occasions. Entry is free of charge. Although little of the palace can be seen, the peaceful Japanese style garden worth a visit though.
Fondest memory: The Imperial Palace perhaps best retains the indigenous vegetation of Tokyo. It is like a botanical garden, many wildflowers and plants in Tokyo can be found here. There are evergreen and deciduous forests, flower gardens, orchard and ponds. There's a Lilies Exhibition going on when I visied the Imperial Palace.
Fondest memory: Surprisingly, there are more local Japanese tourist than foreigners walking in the Imperial Palace. Many of the are retired old age tourists, bringing alone their food & drinks, sitting underneath big plum trees, what a relaxed retirement life. This reminded me of Parks in London.
Favorite thing: Nowadays the heart of this city is most often though of as being the Imperial Palace and its surrounding grounds. This is home to the Emperor of Japan and the location of Edo Castle. The castle associated with the founding of Tokyo.
Nijubashi Bridge, you can see a section of the Imperial Palace. The Imperial Palace has been the home of Japan's Imperial Family since 1888. It is built on the same location Edo Castle used to stand during the days of the Tokugawa Shogunate.
The original structure was destroyed during 1945 air raids and the palace was rebuilt in 1968.
Favorite thing: Visit the Imperial Palace during the day, take a walk through Ueno Park/Zoo, get a beer and appetizers in Ginza, see the lights of Ginza when the sun goes down, party it up in Roppongi or Shinjuku or Shibara till the sun comes up! Take the train home...
IMPERIAL PALACE PLAZA
Wonderful gardens all around, but you can't visit this palace, as is the actual home of the imperial family. Only on 23rd of December the palace is open to the public, to celebrate the Emperor's birthday.
visit the Imperial Palace - Home to the Emperor of Japan here in Marunouchi district.
Oh, before I forget, the Imperial Palace is only open to the general public on TWO days in a year i.e. the Emperor's birthday (23 December) and on 2 January. You can, however, stroll around this historic palace's perimeter grounds and gardens.
Visit the Emperors Palace, and visit Shinjiku. Then spend a day walking the city streets of Tokyo. The people are the most friendly in the world in my opinion. The train system is the worlds best and you can get to/from most place on the train with no need to rent a car. Driving is tough in Tokyo.
Fondest memory: The people. They are very kind to visitors.
Try to visit the fabulous place in the garden @ Imperial Palace, really very lovely and nice.