Tokyo | 4.5h
History, Art and Nature at the Imperial Palace
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Enjoy a tour in the heart of Edo (one of the former names of Tokyo)

The Imperial Palace has been located in the center of the great metropolice since the Edo (1603-1868) period. You may have seen photos of its exterior; the moat, bridges, stone walls and gates, but did you know that you could go inside, too? In this tour, you will visit the art gallery with displays of Japanese art and craft, the ruins of the Edo Castle and a beautiful park full of greenery, all within the grounds of the palace. You can also enjoy the views of the contrast between the modern Marunouchi office buildings and the traditional and historic grounds of the Imperial Palace.
Learn about the history behind all the locations you visit at the Imperieal Palace and its surrounding area.

Highlights

・Feel the atmosphere of the Imperial Palace, unchanged since the Edo period.
・Enjoy the cultural side of this tour, including traditional art and modern architecture.
・The contrast between the numerous modern office buildings and the garden of the Imperial Palace makes for an unusual sight.

Attractions

・Tokyo Station: The tour departs from Tokyo Station. As you exit the station from the central exit you can admire the station building from the front in the station square. Let's enjoy its dignified appearance!
・Wadakura Fountain Park: This is located inside the Imperial Palace grounds. This is built to commerate the marriage of the Emperor and Empress, and will be remodelled on the marriage of the Crown Prince. The 3 water fountains are very impressive!
・Museum of the Imperial Collections: Arts and crafts donated by the royal family are displayed here. Well known national treasure works of art are stored here, today there are 8,000 items. It is not open for display, however if you have the chance to enter, you will be amazed by the number of artworks.
・The East Garden of the Imperial Palace: A Japanese Garden made along with the Imperial Garden, here you can enjoy the seasonal changes. There are also historical sites where you can feel the remains of the former castle. One of the popular spots is Hirakawa Bridge located just outside of the garden.
・National Museum of Modern Art Crafts Gallery: The first National Art Museum in Japan, located inside the Imperial Palace. Many artworks from around the 20th century in Japan and overseas are on display. Make sure to see the artworks by the Japanese masters.
・The Forest Kita no Maru
・Kitanomaru Park: There is a spacious and open lawn. There are a wide variety of plants and trees around the lawn creating a unique ecosystem within the Imperial Palace.
・Chidorigafuchi: Feel the nature that remains in Tokyo on this road. Make sure to take pictures of this spectacular view.

Notes

・Please come in comfortable clothing, as this tour involves a lot of walking.
・We have not included any particular lunch/dinner places in this tour, but you are welcome to stop for a break and eat whenever and wherever you like.
・Please note that the Museum of the Imperial Collections may be closed depending on the exhibition period.

Expenses Not Included

The following expenses are not included in the tour fee. Please bring extra money to experience this tour to its fullest.
-Travel expenses and entrance fees (about JPY 1000)
-Money for food, souvenirs and extra activities not mentioned in the explanation of the tour above.

Meeting Point

By the Marunouchi Chuo Exit Ticket Gate at the JR line, Tokyo Station

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