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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 Marunouchi Station Square
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 commemorate the marriage of the Emperor Emeritus and Empress Emerita, and will be remodelled on the marriage of the Emperor and Empress. The 3 water fountains are very impressive! 
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
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
This is a cafe in the park. Let's take a break here for a moment. All items on the menu are available for take-out. Local fresh ingredients from the Tohoku area and Tokyo are widely used.
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.


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Expenses Not Included

The travel expense is not included in the tour fee. Please bring extra money to experience this tour to its fullest.
(Entrance fees, transportation fees, activity fees, etc. - at least about JPY500 /person)

Meeting Point

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



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