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  • Unfortunately the sequence number on your audio guide does not always match the order of the places visited in this tour
  • If you expect some traditional experience, this place is certainly not for you
  • I found only an ice cream shop in the Imperial East Garden


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      As the name suggests, this is the palace where the royal family of Japan lives. The premises are divided into two large parts, the west part referred to as the Imperial Palace, and the east part which is known as the Imperial East Garden. The admission to each part is free, whilst visitors must apply for and get approval to enter the Imperial Palace, the Imperial East Garden is open to public and no permission is required. As for the Imperial palace, online

      application must be made as early as possible as there is a maximum number (i.e. 100 persons) of visitor for each tour (two tours per day), and the vacancies on the list of visitor do not last very long. The registration opens not earlier than two months calendar prior to the d-day.

      At first all visitors are seated in an auditorium to get the explanation about the premise prior to the tour. The whole explanation that takes 15 minutes is only in Japanese. Non-Japanese visitors can only watch a short video clip about the palace by guessing the meaning. The guide explains something but for me it is no more than I am watching a silent film. Right before the tour takes place, you can take this opportunity to buy some souvenirs or cakes (bearing the Royal symbol) in a little shop located in the front-left corner. I did, as this is the only souvenir shop within the Imperial Palace and perhaps the only one of its ...


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      kind in Tokyo. The positive point is that the English audio guides are distributed among non-Japanese visitors on the first comes first served basis.

      The whole guided tour lasts for about 90 minutes and again only in Japanese. The guide eventually announces section number in the audio guide that should be followed by non-Japanese visitors. Unfortunately the sequence number on your audio guide does not always match the order of the places visited in this tour. Although along the tour visitors can take pictures,

      they are not allowed to enter any building, and visitors may enter the palace ground only upon a guided tour. Compared to palaces in Korea, this one is not that great. The buildings do not reflect Japanese traditional culture and the guards wear modern westernized uniforms. If you expect some traditional experience, this place is certainly not for you.

      One more thing, there is no restaurant within the premises. I found only an ice cream shop in the Imperial East Garden. The nearest subway station is Otemachi.




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