Friday, May 22, 2015

Tokyo Imperial Palace East Gardens


Imperial Palace East Garden (皇居東御苑, Kōkyo Higashi Gyoen) is a well-maintained historical inner palace area which is open to the public for free. Imperial Palace East Garden is surrounded by skyscrapers in the district of Marunouchi in Tokyo, Japan. It is just a short walk from Otemachi Station to The Oteman entrance which will lead you to the Imperial Palace East Garden. 

Imperial Palace East Garden is open to the public for free but you need to get your number card at the ticket counter from the main entrance gate. You must return the number card at the ticket counter before you leave the park. Imperial Palace East Garden is a very huge park so, the authorities must ensure all the visitors to leave the park by the closing time.  

Imperial Palace East Garden was used to be the former site of Edo Castle's innermost circles of defense, the honmaru ("main circle") and ninomaru ("secondary circle"). However, the Edo Castle was destroyed completed by fire except, the foundation of the former Edo Castle which still remains until today. As such, the former site of Edo Castle is preserved and transformed into a beautiful park similar to the Central Park in New York City. 

How to get to Imperial Palace East Garden?
Address: 1-1 Chiyoda, Chiyoda 100-0001, Tokyo Prefecture
Station : A short walk from Otemachi Station to the Oteman entrance of Imperial Palace East Garden
Opening Hours :  9am to 4:30pm except Monday, Friday, New Year and some special occasions
Entrance Fees  :  FREE


Heading to Imperial Palace East Garden as we enter through Otemon main gate entrance in Tokyo, Japan
Heading to Imperial Palace East Garden as we enter through Otemon main gate entrance in Tokyo, Japan

Close-up view of the Otemon main gate entrance of Imperial Palace East Garden which has been preserved until now in Tokyo, Japan
Close-up view of the Otemon main gate entrance of Imperial Palace East Garden which has been preserved until now in Tokyo, Japan

Imperial Palace East Garden is surrounded by skyscrapers in Marunouchi district of Tokyo, Japan
Imperial Palace East Garden is surrounded by skyscrapers in Marunouchi district of Tokyo, Japan

Look at the strong thick wooden structure to support the weight of the Otemon entrance gate at Imperial Palace East Garden in Marunouchi, Tokyo, Japan
Look at the strong thick wooden structure to support the weight of the Otemon entrance gate at Imperial Palace East Garden in Marunouchi, Tokyo, Japan

Hyakunin-bosho Guardhouse is the biggest guardhouse to inspect visitors who entered from ote-mon gate in the Edo period at Imperial Palace East Garden, Tokyo
Hyakunin-bosho Guardhouse is the biggest guardhouse to inspect visitors who entered from ote-mon gate in the Edo period at Imperial Palace East Garden, Tokyo

Giant walls are surrounding the Imperial Palace East Garden in Tokyo, Japan
Giant walls are surrounding the Imperial Palace East Garden in Tokyo, Japan

Pink Cherry Blossom at Imperial Palace East Park in Tokyo, Japan
Pink Cherry Blossom at Imperial Palace East Park in Tokyo, Japan

Beautiful pink cherry blossom at Imperial Palace East Garden in Tokyo, Japan
Beautiful pink cherry blossom at Imperial Palace East Garden in Tokyo, Japan

White Cherry Blossom at Imperial Palace East Park in Tokyo, Japan
White Cherry Blossom at Imperial Palace East Park in Tokyo, Japan

Fujimi-Yagura is a building for storage and defense as well as the place to enjoy the view of fireworks at Ryogoky and Tokyo bay at Imperial Palace East Garden
Fujimi-Yagura is a building for storage and defense as well as the place to enjoy the view of fireworks at Ryogoky and Tokyo bay at Imperial Palace East Garden

Visitors are busy taking pictures of cherry blossom at Imperial Palace East Garden in Tokyo, Japan
Visitors are busy taking pictures of cherry blossom at Imperial Palace East Garden in Tokyo, Japan

Beautiful park in the beginning of Spring at Imperial Palace East Garden in Tokyo, Japan
Beautiful park in the beginning of Spring at Imperial Palace East Garden in Tokyo, Japan

The remaining foundation of Edo Castle at Imperial Palace East Garden in Tokyo, Japan
The remaining foundation of Edo Castle at Imperial Palace East Garden in Tokyo, Japan

Tenshudai Donjon Base of Edo Period was symbolised the authority of the Tokugawa Shogunate but being burnt down at Imperial Palace East Garden in Tokyo, Japan
Tenshudai Donjon Base of Edo Period was symbolised the authority of the Tokugawa Shogunate but being burnt down at Imperial Palace East Garden in Tokyo, Japan

Honmaru Goten Palace divided to Omote for general public ceremonies while Nakaoku and Ohoku were where shogun and families lived at Imperial Palace East Garden
Honmaru Goten Palace divided to Omote for general public ceremonies while Nakaoku and Ohoku were where shogun and families lived at Imperial Palace East Garden

walking up to the top of the foundation of Edo Castle at Imperial Palace East Garden in Tokyo, Japan
walking up to the top of the foundation of Edo Castle at Imperial Palace East Garden in Tokyo, Japan

Enticing by a well-maintained park with a pond in the beginning of Spring at Imperial Palace East Garden in Tokyo, Japan
Enticing by a well-maintained park with a pond in the beginning of Spring at Imperial Palace East Garden in Tokyo, Japan

Crossing a little bridge over the pond in the beginning of Spring at Imperial Palace East Garden in Tokyo, Japan
Crossing a little bridge over the pond in the beginning of Spring at Imperial Palace East Garden in Tokyo, Japan

The oldest Suwa Tea Pavilion can be seen at the far end of the Japanese garden and pond at Imperial Palace East Garden in Tokyo, Japan
The oldest Suwa Tea Pavilion can be seen at the far end of the Japanese garden and pond at Imperial Palace East Garden in Tokyo, Japan

Restoration Shiomi-zaka Slope used to connect Honmaru (inner citadel) to Ninomaru (second citadel) with embankment at Imperial Palace East Garden in Tokyo, Japan
Restoration Shiomi-zaka Slope used to connect Honmaru (inner citadel) to Ninomaru (second citadel) with embankment at Imperial Palace East Garden in Tokyo, Japan


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