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Imperial Palace East Gardens

Hello everyone!


I read a news that the number of the visitors to The East Gardens in The Imperial Palace have been reached 30 million.

So, I show you The East Gardens in The Imperial Palace that is known as one of the most popular place for tourists, also known as a place people living in Tokyo don't go so often.

(From The Imperial Household Agency website)


The East Gardens are open for public.

They are the former site of Edo Castle's Honmaru, Ninomaru and part of Sannomaru which mean main circle, second circle and third circle.

Edo Castle was the residence of Tokugawa Shogun family who ruled Japan from 17th century to middle of 19th century.

And here has been The Imperial Palace since 1888.

You can go inside through three gates, Ote-mon Gate, Hirakawa-mon Gate and Kitahane-bashi-mon Gate.

This is the foundation of the former castle tower.

There was the biggest castle tower in Japan on this foundation,

but that was destroyed by citywide fires and has not been rebuilt since.

Most of buildings from Edo castle era are not exist anymore except some gates,

and cool Gardens are created after the World War Ⅱ.


The Gardens are close on Monday, Friday and national holidays.

The opening times depends on the season, so please check The Imperial Household Agency website in advance.

http://www.kunaicho.go.jp/e-event/higashigyoen02.html


The free Audio Guide app is available on their website.

http://www.kunaicho.go.jp/e-event/app.html



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