A Part of the Imperial Palace, Walk through a magnificent park set in the center of Tokyo,
The Imperial Palace where their Majesties the Emperor and Empress live is situated in the center of Tokyo. The palace is surrounded by a water-filled moat and tree-covered grounds – a precious taste of nature within the city. "Kokyo Gaien (outer gardens of the Imperial Palace)", "Kokyo Higashi Gyoen (Imperial Palace East Garden)" and "Kitanomaru Park" are open to the public free of charge. If you wish to visit the Palace, you need to book in advance. Booking over the Internet is available
http://sankan.kunaicho.go.jp/order/index_EN.html
A popular photo spot is in front of the beautiful Niju Bridge that stretches over the moat in the outer gardens near Tokyo station. In the vast Imperial Palace East Garden, a stone wall remains standing since when the Imperial Palace was Edo Castle where samurai warriors lived from the 17th to 19th century. Seasonal flowers such as azaleas and hydrangeas are a great favorite with tourists. In the "Sannomaru-Shozokan (Museum of the Imperial Collections)" where the emperor’s art collection is exhibited, you will see beautiful kimono and Japanese paintings. In "Kitanomaru Park" on the north side, there is the "Nippon Budokan" famous for its concerts by foreign artists, the "Science Museum" and the "National Museum of Modern Art".

The moat situated near this park is called "Chidori-ga-fuchi", and it is a classic spot for viewing the glorious cherry blossoms. The number of people who come here at the beginning of April to see cherry blossoms lit up at night is the largest in Tokyo. The "National Theater" for Japanese classic performing arts such as Kabuki, Noh plays and Kyogen (traditional short comedies) is in easy walking distance from Chidori-ga-fuchi.

位於東京都千代田區的霞關在 130 年前就設置了明治新政府的外務省等各個官方機構,從那以後,這裏作爲國家的行政中心不斷發展至今。經過第次世界大戰後中央政府的機構改革,現在,除了厚生勞動省的部分部門以外,其他的政府部門的本部都集中在此。
另外,霞關西側的永田町有國會議事堂、首相官邸、國會圖書館等,這一帶構成了行政和政治的中心地區。
與霞關相鄰的丸之內,以東京車站爲中心集中了日本有代表性的大企業的總公司,可以說是日本商務的心臟部。
這裏是東京都內晝夜間人口比最大的地區,平時整個白天大街上公司職員與汽車混雜在一起。
近年來名牌産品專賣店等開始進入這裏,成了新的受人關注的熱點區域。丸之內事務街的東側,有被石牆和護城河環抱起來的江戶城遺址,面積很大,現在是皇居所在地。雖然不能進入皇居內部,但在皇居範圍內的皇居外苑、皇居東禦苑、北之丸公園三個地方是向對外開放的,人們在這裏可以欣賞春天的櫻花、初夏的新綠和秋季的紅葉等美景。


JR山手線 東京站
Yamanote line Tokyo station