Imperial Palace East Gardens
Sat - Sun 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Chiyoda, Tokyo Japan
Rich in beauty and history!
The Imperial Palace East Gardens (皇居東御苑, Kōkyo Higashi Gyoen) are a part of the inner palace area and are open to the public. They are the former site of Edo Castle’s innermost circles of defense, the honmaru (“main circle”) and ninomaru (“secondary circle”). None of the main buildings remain today, but the moats, walls, entrance gates and several guardhouses
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.
A wide lawn and the remaining foundation of the former castle tower can be found on top of the hill, where the castle’s innermost buildings once stood. The castle tower was completed in 1638 as the tallest castle tower in Japan’s history. But only a few years later in 1657, it was destroyed by citywide fires and has not been rebuilt since.
In place of the former buildings in the secondary circle of defense (ninomaru) at the foot of the hill, a nice Japanese style garden has been created.
The gardens are lovely and have a lot of museum-style exhibits dotted around so that you can see/enter historical artefacts and buildings.
Beautiful day in the gardens
No complaints to spend a sunny afternoon walking around the Imperial gardens. Recommend downloading their app, putting your earbuds in to listen to the remarks and history as you walk around the area. Worth trekking through all the walking tours pints. Especially the main garden area. I’m sure during Cherry Blossom season the place is beyond beautiful. Was their in June and it was still lovely.