Sign in for a personalized experience.
Japan Guide Homepage
Travel
Living
Forum
Jobs
Friends
Shopping
Essentials
-
Sightseeing
-
Accommodation
-
Transportation
-
Food
-
Budget Travel
-
Shopping
-
Questions

Home - Travel - Sightseeing Guide - Kanto - Tokyo - Central Tokyo
Imperial Palace East Gardens 
# 16   of 73 most visited
sights in Tokyo

jump to:   access  -  admission  -  hotels  -  ratings  -  tours  -  links

The Imperial Palace East Gardens (c‹“ŒŒδ‰‘, Kōkyo Higashi Gyoen) are a part of the inner palace area and are open to the public. They are the former site of Edo Castle's innermost circles of defense, the honmaru ("main circle") and ninomaru ("secondary circle"). None of the main buildings remain today, but the moats, walls, entrance gates and several guardhouses still exist.

Edo Castle was the residence of the Tokugawa shogun who ruled Japan from 1603 to 1867. Emperor Meiji also resided there from 1868 to 1888 before moving to the newly constructed Imperial Palace.

The foundation of the former castle tower

A wide lawn and the remaining foundation of the former castle tower can be found on top of the hill, where the castle's innermost buildings once stood. The castle tower 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 ever since.

In place of the former buildings in the secondary circle of defense (ninomaru) at the foot of the hill, a nice Japanese style garden has been created.

Ninomaru Japanese garden

Any Questions? Ask them in our question forum.

How to get there
The Otemon entrance to the East Gardens is a short walk from Otemachi Station on the Chiyoda, Tozai, Marunouchi, Hanzomon and Mita Subway Lines. It can also be reached in a 10-15 minute walk from Tokyo Station.

Orientation in Tokyo

Hours and Fees
Hours:9:00 to 16:30 (until 17:00 from mid April through August; until 16:00 from November through February). Admission ends 30 minutes before closing.
Closed:Mondays, Fridays, New Year (Dec 28 to Jan 3) and some special occasions. If Monday or Friday is a national holiday, the gardens are closed on the following day instead.
Admission:Free

Advertisement

Hotels and Ryokan
The Tokyo Station area is obviously a very convenient place to stay. Thanks to its central location, it is a convenient base to explore the entire city and offers easy access to/from Narita Airport. As the terminal station of multiple shinkansen lines, it also is the perfect base for long distance day trips. Several four and five star hotels are located adjacent to or in the close vicinity of the station, but low budget options are not available.
Read more in our Tokyo Hotel Guide
Search Hotels
Recommended Hotels around Tokyo Station - with lowest rates by selected hotel reservation websites
Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Marunouchi
5-star hotel just a few steps south of Tokyo Station.
Reserve through
Agoda or Booking
Hotel Metropolitan Marunouchi
Adjacent to Tokyo Station, this is one of the city's most convenient and comfortable hotels.
Reserve through
Agoda or Booking
Imperial Hotel Tokyo
This leading Japanese 5-star hotel is located a 5 minute walk from Yurakucho Station.
Reserve through
Agoda or Booking
Mandarin Oriental Tokyo
By many considered Tokyo's finest hotel.
Reserve through
Agoda or Booking
Marunouchi Hotel Tokyo
A 4-star hotel just across the street from Tokyo Station.
Reserve through
Agoda or Booking
Shangri-La Hotel
Adjacent to Tokyo Station, this is the city's most conveniently located 5-star hotel.
Reserve through
Agoda or Booking
The Peninsula Tokyo
This 5-star hotel is located just a short walk from Yurakucho Station.
Reserve through
Booking
Yaesu Fujiya Hotel
The most affordable of the hotels in the close vicinity of Tokyo Station.
Reserve through
Japanican

Tours and Packages
Tokyo Tours
Various tours and travel packages for Tokyo and surroundings.

User Ratings
Ratings for Imperial East Gardens:
japan-guide.com Rating:
  outstanding  
User Rating (by 1146 users):
82/100
  recommended

Best rated sights nationwide (out of 764):
293.  Science Museum (Miyazaki)   82/100
294.  Okukinu Onsen (Kinugawa Onsen)   82/100
295.  Kankakei Gorge (Shodoshima)   82/100
296.  Imperial Palace (Tokyo)   82/100
297.  Hama Rikyu (Tokyo)   82/100
298.  Imperial East Gardens (Tokyo)   82/100
299.  Joeiji Temple (Yamaguchi)   82/100
300.  Lake Chuzenji (Nikko)   82/100
301.  Engakuji Temple (Kamakura)   82/100
302.  Canal Area (Otaru)   82/100
Most visited sights nationwide (out of 894):
22.  Todaiji Temple (Nara)   2473
23.  Sensoji Temple (Tokyo)   2363
24.  Ginkakuji (Kyoto)   2295
25.  Nijo Castle (Kyoto)   2200
26.  Chinatown (Yokohama)   2151
27.  Imperial East Gardens (Tokyo)   2112
28.  Minami (Namba) (Osaka)   2097
29.  Great Buddha (Kamakura)   2024
30.  Nihonbashi (Tokyo)   1950
31.  Shinagawa (Tokyo)   1886

User Feedback
We strive to keep japan-guide.com up-to-date and accurate, and are always looking for ways to improve the user experience. If you have any updates, suggestions, corrections or opinions, please let us know:

English Links
Imperial Household Agency
English version of the official website.
Closing Day Calendar
A calendar showing the dates when the East Gardens are closed.

Japanese Links
Imperial Household Agency
Official website.
Closing Day Calendar
A calendar showing the dates when the East Gardens are closed.

Online Reservations
Hotel
 
Car
 
Flight
 
Bus

(check-in)

Related Pages
Travel
Sightseeing
Kanto Region
Tokyo

Western Tokyo
Northern Tokyo
Southern Tokyo
Outlying Areas

Central Tokyo
Marunouchi
Ginza
Yurakucho
Nihonbashi
Kanda
Akihabara
Imperial Palace
Imperial East Gardens
Yasukuni Shrine
Tsukiji Market
Hama Rikyu
Tokyo Dome City
Koishikawa Korakuen
Tsukishima

Parks of Tokyo
Gardens
Edo Period
Castles

Tokyo Hotel Guide

Tokyo: Orientation

News and Reports
April 10, 2014
Tokyo Cherry Blossom Report
by raina
April 7, 2014
Tokyo Cherry Blossom Report
by scott
April 4, 2014
Tokyo Cherry Blossom Report
by scott
April 2, 2014
Tokyo Cherry Blossom Report
by scott
March 31, 2014
Tokyo Cherry Blossom Report
by raina
March 26, 2014
Tokyo Cherry Blossom Report
by raina
March 4, 2014
Early Tokyo Blossom Report
by raina
December 11, 2013
Tokyo Autumn Color Report
by scott
More reports...

Related Questions
Hours for Imperial Palace Higashi koen?
 2 reactions, last updated 337 days ago
Tokyo Imperial Palace East Gardens
 2 reactions, last updated 536 days ago
Imperial East Garden Palace
 4 reactions, last updated 854 days ago
Video filming on Emperor's birthday?
 2 reactions, last updated 1582 days ago
Monorail ticket to Haneda airport
 6 reactions, last updated 10 hours ago
Cherry blossom site near shinjuku
 1 reaction, last updated 31 hours ago
Katsu or ramen in Akihabara?
 3 reactions, last updated 42 hours ago
Biggest Book Stores in Tokyo?
 5 reactions, last updated 48 hours ago
How does Sanja Matsuri long on 16th May
 8 reactions, last updated 2 days ago
What's happening in Tokyo during Golden...
 2 reactions, last updated 3 days ago
Haneda Airport
 2 reactions, last updated 3 days ago
Autumn Leaf near Mitake Station
 1 reaction, last updated 4 days ago
Haneda Airport post office
 7 reactions, last updated 7 days ago
Places worth visiting near to Akihabara?
 3 reactions, last updated 9 days ago
Cherry blossom late April in Tokyo
 9 reactions, last updated 9 days ago
Ghibli Museum Tickets
 4 reactions, last updated 10 days ago
Shinjuku express bus terminal
 5 reactions, last updated 10 days ago
New Yearfs Eve countdown at Zojoji...
 2 reactions, last updated 10 days ago
Tsukiji Market - 2016 Move
 2 reactions, last updated 13 days ago
Dancing in Roppongi?
 1 reaction, last updated 13 days ago

Travel
Living
Japan A-Z
Community
Sightseeing
Accommodation
Transportation
Shopping
Essentials
Regions
Prefectures
Cities
Working
Studying
Living Cost
Apartments
Arts and Crafts
Entertainment
History
Religion
Etiquette
Food
Language
Tradition
Question Forum
Classifieds
Trip Reports
Member Area
Sightseeing Guide
Hokkaido
Sapporo
Otaru
Hakodate
Noboribetsu
Niseko
Furano
Daisetsuzan
Shiretoko
more...
Tohoku
Sendai
Matsushima
Hiraizumi
Hachimantai
Hirosaki
Lake Towada
Dewa Sanzan
Aizu
more...
Kanto
Tokyo
Yokohama
Kamakura
Hakone
Nikko
Kawagoe
Kusatsu
Narita
more...
Chubu
Nagoya
Mount Fuji
Izu Peninsula
Matsumoto
Kiso Valley
Takayama
Shirakawa-go
Kanazawa
more...
Kansai
Kyoto
Osaka
Nara
Kobe
Himeji
Mount Koya
Kumano
Ise Shima
more...
Chugoku
Hiroshima
Miyajima
Okayama
Kurashiki
Tottori
Matsue
Iwakuni
Hagi
more...
Shikoku
Takamatsu
Kotohira
Naoshima
Matsuyama
Kochi
Tokushima
Naruto
Iya Valley
more...
Kyushu
Fukuoka
Nagasaki
Kumamoto
Mount Aso
Beppu
Kagoshima
Kirishima
Yakushima
more...
Okinawa
Honto
Kume
Miyako
Yaeyama
Copyright © 1996-2014 japan-guide.com All rights reserved - Last Page Update: January 24, 2014
home - site map - privacy policy - terms of use - contact - employment - L‚Ι‚Β‚’‚Δ - advertising