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
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.