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Tokyo Station around the high-rise modern buildings but here can find a countless big and beautiful gardens, visiting in parks may the unwind and cheapest way for enjoy the big city. We suggest you that one of the garden should be on your travel pocket list and is currently the official home of Japan’s emperor and imperial family.
While visit Imperial Palace (explain later) and the same time we also visit Imperial Palace East Gardens. The building of the garden adjacent to the Imperial Residence began in 1961 as a part of the construction of the Imperial Palace complex in accordance. The East Garden also name as Kōkyo Higashi Gyoen is encompasses the former Honmaru and Ninomaru areas, a total of 210,000 square mater. While none of the original buildings of the Edo Castle period remain, you can still see the moat, walls and entrance gates of that time, which are impressive as well.
Located on the grounds of the East Garden is Toukagakudo (Imperial Concert Hall) and Sannomaru Shozakan (Museum of the Imperial Collections), as well as buildings housing the Imperial Household Agency’s Music, Archives and Mausolea departments. In the Honmaru, we can view a large lawn and a lot of people sit for enjoy the relaxed environment.
Following the path along the road, we are arrived the remaining foundation of the former castle tower on the hill, where the castle’s innermost buildings once stood. It was just before our eyes. Edo Castle was the residence of the Tokugawa shogun and was completed in 1638 as the tallest castle tower in Japan’s history. But only a few years later in 1657, it was destroyed by citywide fires and has not been rebuilt since.
Of this castle, there are only the stones of the wall left and we can get close-up views of the massive stones used to build the castle walls. We walk into part of the original castle compound and overlook an Immaculate and spacious of brown lawn. The remains of the homes to many samurai training houses can also be seen across the Honmaru Area.
Don’t miss the Ninomaru, the prettiest Japanese style gardens in the Edo Period, with various species of plants collected from across all regions of Japan. Honmaru and Ninomaru represent the one of remaining Edo Period garden in Japan.
In the East Garden, you also can visit the Museum of Imperial Collection just walk inside the Otemon Gate entrance. In the Museum, we can view the collection of rare works of art and craft pass down through successive generations of the Imperial family. The collection including the art of various Eras and Countries from around the World. NOTE: Not allowed take the photo inside the museum.
Free for Entrance and you can visit the garden from three entrance gates; Ote-mon Gate, Hirakawa-mon Gate and Kitahanebashi-mon Gate. The garden would not require for reservations, just pass the security guard and get the ticket through the guard.
NOTE: You need to return the ticket after visit. Opening Hour: 09:00 – 16:30 (From mid-April to August opening to 17:00), and the last admission is 30 minutes before the end of the time.Rest days: Monday, Friday, New Year holiday (12/28 ~ 1/3) and some special events. If Monday or Friday is a national holiday, open as usual and will be closed the next day.
Entry Fees : FREE
Opening Hours : 09:00 – 16:30 (From mid-April to August opening to 17:00)
Rest Day :Monday, Friday, New Year holiday (12/28 ~ 1/3) and some special events.
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