My #Japan #Tokyo Travel (Part 27 #The #Imperial #Palace）
Although situated right in the heart of Tokyo, the Imperial Palace is surrounded by a water-filled moat and tree-covered grounds, precious scenery of nature within the bustling metropolitan city. There are three gardens are open to the public and free of charge. Kokyo Higashi Gyoen (Imperial Palace East Garden) we have visit and explain before, Kokyo Gaien (Imperial Palace Outer Garden), and Kita-no-maru-koen Park. The largest green area in central Tokyo, the grounds are painstakingly maintained and are one of the top destinations for visitors to visit.
However, anyone who interest in history, culture and nature also don’t miss to visit Imperial Palace. The Imperial Palace is located on the site of the former residential palace of the successive Tokugawa Shoguns in the Edo Period. Following the Meiji Restoration in 1868, Emperor Meiji moved to Tokyo from Kyoto and Kyoto had been the Imperial capital for more than a thousand years.
Since then, this is where the Emperor has resided and, as Imperial Palace, where the various Imperial ceremonies have been held. The Meiji Palace burnt down in 1945; the present Palace was built and was completed in 1968. The Imperial Palace grounds extend over an are of approximately 1,150,000 square meters, and most of the complex is off-limits, as this is the primary residence of the Emperor of Japan.
But if you want to explore this mysterious palace, you can attend one of the FREE TOURS organized by the Imperial Household Agency to see a small part of the inner compound and you need to make reservation. Tour are conducted twice a day: at 10:00am and 1:30pm, not conducted on Sunday, Monday, national holidays (excluding Saturday) and new year holidays between 28 Dec to 4 Jan. You can either reservations (admission free) in advance through the website or arrive a little early on the same day and go to the office at Kikyo Mon Gate, as long as it’s not fully booking you’ll be able to register.
We are reservation on the website, firstly go to website of the address – Imperial Household Agency and click on “Application for Visit” and fill in the required information. Isn’t it simple? Once the application has been accepted, no for changes may be made to the date and time of the tour, number and list of participants, and other details. NOTE: Applications are accepted from 5:00 am on the first day of the month preceding and no later than four days in advance via the website.
Arrive no later than 10 minutes before the scheduled departure time at Kikyō-mon. REMEMBER: You must print an online booking form to prove your identity to enter the palace. The Tours take us about 75 minutes and the tour is accompanied by the staff and we cannot leave the visiting team. As a general rule, visitor will not be permitted to turn back midway through the tour.
The tour is on foot and about 2.2km in length and we only can view the exterior of the buildings. Explanations and instructions by staff will be given in Japanese only. The buildings we see in inner section are all post WWII era.
On this excursion, we view Fujimi-yagura built in three storied, one of the oldest remnants of Edo Castle and reconstructed in 1659. We continue our visit, in front of us is the head office of the Imperial Household and were constructed in 1935. After World War II, from October 1952 to March 1969, the three floor of building was used as the temporary Imperial Palace.
Then the staff take us to the Kyuden ( The Imperial Palace), a ferro-concrete structure completed in 1968. On the occasion of New Year’s Day and the Emperor’s Birthday, the Emperor and Empress and Members of the Imperial family stand on the Kyuden Totei ( The Palace East Courtyard), receive the congratulatory of the public and addressed by the Emperor.
At here, we also visit Seimon-tetsubashi Bridge is commonly called “Nijubashi” the bridge is well-known by Japanese nationals. It reserved Fushimi-castle which moved here from in Kyoto during the reign of the third Shogun Iemitsu early 17 century.
Although it was only a small part, we were very impressed with the structure of the palace. In the Imperial Palace, we buy the souvenir that special made by Imperial Palace in Souvenir shop.
Entry : FREE (Ethier book online or arrive a little early on the same day and go to the office at Kikyo Mon Gate, as long as it’s not fully booking you’ll be able to register. )
Opening Hour : Tour are conducted twice a day:10:00am and 1:30pm, not conducted on Sunday, Monday, national holidays (excluding Saturday) and new year holidays between 28 Dec to 4 Jan
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