The Imperial Palace visiting tour

The Imperial Palace tour (18 06 2020)

Tours are conducted twice a day (10:00am and 13:00 one-hour tour, admission free) except Sunday, Monday and national holidays.

You can join after registration in advance or on the spot 30 min. before start.

(currently numbers are limited 20 persons in advance and 30 persons on the spot by COVID19 influence)

伏見櫓 Fushimi yagura (keep)

The Imperial Palace, former Edo castle where Tokugawa shoguns lived in.

In the palace, it can be found mixture of buildings or construction built after Meiji Restoration as well as built in Edo period.

桔梗門 kikyoumon gate

Tour starts after through Kikyoumon gate and briefing in a visitor’s house.

旧枢密院 the former Privy Council
The former Privy Council

After passed by buildings of the former Privy Council, you can watch Fujimi yagura (keep) .

富士見櫓 Fushimi yagura (keep)
Fushimi yagura (keep)

Fujimi yagura (keep) which had important role after the main castle tower was burned down by the great fire of Meireki in 1657 and never rebuilt.

長和殿東庭 the east plaza in front of Chowaden Hall
The east plaza in front of Chowaden Hall

We enter into the east plaza in front of Chowaden Hall of the Kyuden (Imperial palace), where many public greetings such as New Year’s Day or Emperor’s birthday are celebrated.

正門鉄橋(二重橋)から見た正門石橋 the Stone bridge from the Iron bridge of main gate
the Stone bridge from the Iron bridge

We can enjoy views of the Stone bridge from the Iron bridge of main gate. Popular pictures from outside the place is like this.

石垣と土塁の組み合わせの深い堀の上に京都の伏見城から移築されたと伝えられる伏見櫓 Fushimi yagura (keep) is said relocated from Fushimi castle in Kyoto, standing on combination of stone walls and soil mound against deep moat.
Fushimi yagura (keep)

Another side we can see beautiful Fushimi yagura (keep) standing on combination of stone walls and soil mound against deep moat.

It is said relocated from Fushimi castle in Kyoto.

富士見櫓とビル群 Fushimi yagura with buildings
Fushimi yagura with buildings

On the way back to visitor center, the Fushimi yagura can be seen again with many buildings backdrop.

Since the buildings facing the Imperial palace are prohibited to show any advertisement, buildings look like obeying to the Fushimi yagura.

石垣 Stone wall

In the palace, we can find many kind of stone walls.

大名の印のある石 Stone with feudal lord's mark
Stone with feudal lord’s mark
緻密な石垣 Stone wall by fine work
Stone wall by fine work

We can find many plants and flowers in calm environment.

紅葉 Maples in the palace
fresh green leaves of Maples
山紫陽花 Hydrangea
Hydrangea

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