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Tokyo Imperial Palace Tours

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Tokyo Imperial Palace
Home to Japan’s Emperor, the Tokyo Imperial Palace occupies the site of the original Edo Castle (Edo-jō), the Tokugawa shogunate's castle, which was once the largest fortress in the world. Located in the center of Tokyo, the palace is surrounded by moats and serene gardens.

The Basics
Given that it is a royal residence, the palace interior and some of the grounds are closed to the public. You can stroll the meticulously manicured Imperial Palace East Garden, set at the foot of the hill where Edo Castle's foundation remains, and the Imperial Palace Outer Garden. From here you can view two famous bridges, the iron Nijubashi and the stone Meganebashi.

Free tours in English, organized by the Imperial Household Agency, allow you to see a small part of the inner compound. Or combine a visit to the Imperial Palace with other Tokyo attractions, such as the Asakusa and Ginza districts, on a sightseeing tour by bus or chartered taxi or a walking tour. Some tours allow travelers to stop for photos at the palace and also experience a Sumida River cruise, participate in a traditional tea ceremony, or take in the view from the top of Tokyo Tower.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Imperial Palace is a must-visit for those with an interest in Japanese history.
  • This has been the Imperial residence since 1868 when Emperor Meiji moved here from the former capital of Kyoto.
  • To avoid disappointment, it is best to book tour tickets in advance, but walk-in tickets are also available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • It is free to stop at the palace for photos, but various museums on the grounds may require admission fees.
  • The grounds may be closed when Imperial Court functions are scheduled.

How to Get There
The Tokyo Imperial Palace is located in a large park area in the Chiyoda ward of central Tokyo. It is a 15-minute walk to Otemon Gate, the main entrance point, from Otemachi metro station, which is served by the Chiyoda, Tozai, Hanzomon, Mita, and Marunouchi lines. Free tours depart from the Kikyomon Gate, a 10-minute walk from the Otemachi and Nijubashi metro stations.

When to Get There
The gardens are open Tuesday through Thursday and on Saturday and Sunday. Tours are offered morning and afternoon, every day except Sundays and Mondays, national holidays, and December 28 through January 4. Only morning tours are available between July 21 and August 31.

Cherry Blossoms
During sakura, the spring cherry blossom season, more of the palace grounds with old cherry trees are open to the public. It's definitely worth a visit during this time for great opportunities to photograph blooming cherry trees framing the palace, but be prepared for bigger crowds and a more thorough security process.
Address: 1-1 Chiyoda, Tokyo 100-8111, Japan
Admission: Free
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Tokyo Imperial Palace Tour with Nationally-Licensed GuideCity Packages

Tokyo Imperial Palace Tour with Nationally-Licensed Guide

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Take a short, value-packed trip to Tokyo Imperial Palace, accompanied by a nationally-licensed, experienced multilingual guide! Although Tokyo Imperial Palace is a required desitination if you're interested in the history of Japan, it can also be admired for its natural beauty as you stroll its wide grounds. Your tour will start by meeting your nationally-licensed, experienced multilingual guide at Otemon Gate, the main entrance to the palace. From there you will explore the East Garden situated to the east of the Imperial Palace. All of this and much more can be found on this historic site, formerly home of Edo Castle and the Tokugawa shogunate 400 years ago. Note*1: The Nationally-licensed Tour Guide-Interpreter certification is issued by the Japanese government requires a good knowledge and understanding of Japanese culture and history.
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1-Day Tokyo Bus TourDay Trips

1-Day Tokyo Bus Tour

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Discover Tokyo's must-see landmarks on this full-day coach tour including a cruise along the Tokyo Bay. Drive past the National Diet Building and other major attractions en route to the Imperial Palace East Garden for a stroll. Then explore the sights of Asakusa, including Senso-ji Temple, with commentary from an audio guide. Hop aboard a short cruise on Tokyo Bay. Opt to include a buffet lunch if you’d like, with views of the Bay and the Rainbow Bridge from your seat.
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Tokyo Morning : Tokyo Tower,Imperial Palace & Asakusa Temple Half Day Tour.Half-day Tours

Tokyo Morning : Tokyo Tower,Imperial Palace & Asakusa Temple Half Day Tour.

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Enjoy the best attractions the Japanese capital has to offer in a short time period as you sample the city’s shopping and culture on this Tokyo city tour. Join a guide as you explore famous Tokyo landmarks like the iconic Tokyo Tower, the serene Senso-ji Temple, and make a brief stop for photos outside the Imperial Palace. Your morning Tokyo excursion also includes, entrance fees, and a souvenir city map to continue your exploration.
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Tokyo Panoramic : Meiji Shrine,Asakusa Temple,Tokyo Bay Cruise & Odaiba Day Tour

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Enjoy a comprehensive tour of Tokyo, covering its best gardens, temples, shopping areas and a Tokyo Bay cruise over the course of a day. Check out Meiji Temple, the city’s most famous Shinto site before visiting the Imperial Palace and Tokyo’s oldest Buddhist site, Asakusa Kannon Temple (Senso-ji). You also get to do some shopping in Tokyo’s Nakamise before enjoying a cruise on Tokyo Bay. This Tokyo excursion also includes a guide, coach transport, entrance fees, and lunch.
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Dynamic Tokyo: Tokyo Tower, Tea Ceremony and Sumida River Cruise Day TourDay Cruises

Dynamic Tokyo: Tokyo Tower, Tea Ceremony and Sumida River Cruise Day Tour

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Take a whirlwind sightseeing tour of Tokyo as you visit the city’s top landmarks, observe a tea ceremony, and enjoy a river cruise during this full-day tour. Follow your guide to attractions including the Imperial Palace, Nakamise shopping street, Asakusa Kannon Temple (Senso-ji), and Tokyo Tower observation deck. You also enjoy a traditional Japanese tea ceremony and take a cruise on the Sumida River. This excursion in Tokyo, perfect for those with limited time, also includes lunch, all entrance fees, and a souvenir city map.
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Tokyo Private Custom Walking Tour with local friendly guideDay Trips

Tokyo Private Custom Walking Tour with local friendly guide

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Discover Tokyo accompanied by an experienced, private guide who shares the modern and traditional sides of the dynamic Japanese capital. Navigate the city's complex, yet efficient, subway system with your guide as you visit famous sites including the outer Tsukiji fish market, the traditional town of Asakusa, the Meiji Shrine. Stroll down Takeshita Street in Harajuku — home to Japan's youth and pop culture, and indulge in lunch on route (depending on option selected). This private tour can also be customized to suit your interests.
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Tokyo Cityrama Morning : Meiji Shrine, Asakusa Temple & Ginza Shopping DistrictHalf-day Tours

Tokyo Cityrama Morning : Meiji Shrine, Asakusa Temple & Ginza Shopping District

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See some of the top Tokyo temples, gardens, and shopping areas during this half-day bus tour, perfect for first-time visitors and those short on time. During your Tokyo exploration, marvel at the city’s Meiji Jingu Shrine, see the Imperial Palace East Garden, and stop at Asakusa Kannon Temple (known as Senso-ji). Finish your excursion at the busy Ginza shopping district and the colorful Nakamise Street, another commercial hotspot. This overview of the temples, shopping, and shrines of Tokyo includes a guide, transportation between sites, and entrance fees.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
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5-hour Tokyo Historical Bike Tour through Imperial Palace & TsukijiDay Trips

5-hour Tokyo Historical Bike Tour through Imperial Palace & Tsukiji

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Small-Group Tokyo Biking Tour

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Get an intimate look at Tokyo during this bike tour. Discover the city’s hidden paths and top landmarks, cycling beneath the skyscrapers of Shinjuku to a local shrine and exploring neighborhoods like Ginza and Roppongi Hills. Pass landmarks like Meiji Jingu Shrine, Yoyogi Park, and the Imperial Palace before ending at the top of the 48-story Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building. A guide, bike, and helmet are included.
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Must see Tokyo with a local: private & personalized

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See Tokyo like a local with this trip around town, complete with a local host. You'll get to visit many of the city's top attractions and off-the-beaten-track gems, with stops to eat and drink at local cafes. Your guide will also be on hand to give you advice and recommendations as you plan for the rest of your trip.  
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Tokyo Private Chauffeur Driving Sightseeing Tour - English Speaking DriverDay Trips

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Freely set up plans Guided Private Tours in Tokyo

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A guided private tour that will make your tour time and itinerary the way you want! You can choose from 4, 6, 8 and 10 hours for the tour. It will tour 4 hours (2 places of tourist attraction), 6 hours (4 places), 8 hours (6 places), 10 hours (8 places). You can choose from Tokyo's standard and popular attractions. Make it your own way! Destination list Tsukiji Outer Market,Senso-ji Temple,Tokyo Sky Tree, Ueno Zoo,Shibuya Scramble Crossing,Meiji Jingu Shrine,Tokyo tower,Shinjuku Gyoen,Owl Cafe,Hedgehog Cafe,Hamarikyu Garden,Imperial Palace. This is a private tour using public transport. You will receive an email after booking your tour from this web page. Please reply to the email with the tourist sites (destinations)you want to visit. For details of the tour, you can look at the what to expect section and inclusions excursions section of this web page.
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Tokyo Private Tour by Car / Van - Guide Option Available

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Tokyo Half-Day Private Tour with Nationally-Licensed Guide

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