The Imperial Palace Tokyo is the original site of Edo-jo, the fortress of the Tokugawa shogunate. In its heyday, it was the largest castle in the world, though some remnants are now, outside the stone walls and moats. The more complex 3.4 square kilometers is forbidden because it is the home of the emperor, but you can join one of the free tours organized by the Imperial Household Agency to see a small part of the inner compound.
The tours (duration of about 1 hour and a quarter) work at 10 and 13:30, usually Tuesday to Saturday, but not on vacation or late afternoon from late July until the end of August They are not needed from December 28 to January 4 or when the function of the imperial palace is planned .
Reservations are taken – via the website, by phone or by mail – up to a month in advance. Or, the event is at least 30 minutes before the visit to my Kikyo-office – if space, you can register and participate. Bring a photo ID.
This tour will take you beyond this palace (Kyuden), down a modest building built in 1968 which was replaced built in 1888, which was largely destroyed during World War II.
If you are not on a tour, go to the southwest corner of Imperial Palace Tokyo Plaza to see two bridges – iron Niju-bashi and Megane-bashi rocks. Behind the bridge is the Edo Fushimi-Yagura tower.
The main field of Green Palace Park is the Imperial Palace East Garden, which is open to the public without a reservation. You must pick up a token on arrival and return at the end of your visit.