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Tokyo Imperial Palace

This site was first a shogun residence, then the home for Japan’s emperor. Destroyed in World War II, it was reconstructed to its original splendor.

Tokyo Imperial Palace remains the primary residence of Japan’s Imperial Family. Much like residences for heads of state around the world, the palace buildings and inner gardens are not open to the public. However, twice a year (December 23 and January 2), you can enter the inner palace gardens to see the Imperial Family waving from a balcony.

The ancient name for Tokyo was Edo. From the 1600s to 1867, shoguns ruling Edo occupied this site in central Tokyo, living in Edo Castle. In 1868, when the shogunate was displaced, Japan moved its capital from Kyoto to Tokyo and occupied the Edo Castle site. After fire destroyed much of the complex, they built a new imperial palace in 1888.

Take note of the stone walls and towers and the Nijubashi bridges crossing the moat from outer to inner palace grounds. They are reminiscent of structures on the site hundreds of years ago when moats and ramparts served a critical protective function.

To the east of the residence is the Imperial Palace East Garden, which is open to the public daily, except Mondays and Fridays. The venue offers peaceful green spaces and ponds with a landscaped Japanese garden. Relics from early castle walls are visible. Nearby are the National Museum of Modern Art Tokyo, the MOMAT Kogeikan Crafts Gallery and the Science Museum.  

Just north of the palace is Kitanomaru Park, a public area that is the site of Nippon Budokan Hall. The Budokan is a world famous martial arts, wrestling and music performance center that has hosted international stars from The Beatles to Taylor Swift. The Yasukuni Shrine is a short walk northwest.

The palace is located in the center of Tokyo on a 1.3-square mile (3.4-square kilometer) site. It is just a few minutes from Tokyo station. Otemachi station is the closest to the East Garden and Kudanshita is closest to Budokan.


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2-17-54 Akasaka, Minato, Tokyo
     
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Akasaka, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Suntory Hall and Tokyo Midtown. Roppongi Hills and Tokyo Tower are also within 1 mi (2 km). Akasaka Station is 6 minutes by foot and Tameike-sanno Station is 9 minutes.

    Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo ¥50,000
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    Marunouchi Trust Tower Main, 1-8-3 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo-to
       
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Chiyoda, this luxury hotel is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Tokyo Imperial Palace and within 3 mi (5 km) of Ueno Park and Tokyo Dome. Tokyo Tower and LaLaport Toyosu Mall are also within 3 mi (5 km). Mitsukoshimae Station is 9 minutes by foot and Kyobashi Station is 10 minutes.

      Hotel Monterey Ginza ¥8,782
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      Hotel Monterey Ginza

      2-10-2 Ginza, Chuo-Ku, Tokyo, Tokyo-to
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Ginza, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Mitsukoshi, Kabuki-za Theatre, and Ginza Six. Tokyo International Forum and Imperial Garden Theatre are also within 15 minutes. Ginza-Itchome Station and Takaracho Station are within a 5-minute walk.

        Imperial Hotel ¥39,000
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        1-1-1 Uchisaiwaicho Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo-to
           
          5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          This family-friendly Tokyo hotel is located in the historical district, within 2 mi (3 km) of Tokyo Imperial Palace and Tokyo Tower. Tokyo Dome and Ueno Park are also within 3 mi (5 km). Hibiya Station is only a 4-minute walk and Uchisaiwaicho Station is 6 minutes.

          Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills - a concept by Hyatt ¥49,000
          Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills - a concept by Hyatt

          Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills - a concept by Hyatt

          1-23-4 Toranomon, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo-to
             
            5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Minato, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Tokyo Tower and Tokyo Imperial Palace. Meiji Jingu Shrine and Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building are also within 6 mi (10 km). Toranomon Hills Station is only a 4-minute walk and Toranomon Station is 6 minutes.

            NEST HOTEL TOKYO HANZOMON ¥4,145
            NEST HOTEL TOKYO HANZOMON

            NEST HOTEL TOKYO HANZOMON

            2-18 Hayabusacho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Chiyoda, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of National Diet Building, Nippon Budokan, and Tokyo Imperial Palace. Yasukuni Shrine and Hibiya Park are also within 1 mi (2 km). Kojimachi Station is 5 minutes by foot and Hanzomon Station is 5 minutes.

              The Peninsula Tokyo ¥54,000
              The Peninsula Tokyo

              The Peninsula Tokyo

              1-8-1 Yuraku-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo-to
                 
                5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Chiyoda, this luxury hotel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Tokyo Imperial Palace and 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Tokyo Tower. Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden and Meiji Jingu Shrine are also within 6 mi (10 km). Hibiya Station is only a 2-minute walk and Ginza Station is 8 minutes.

                APA HOTEL PRIDE National Diet Bldg. ¥5,041
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                2-10-2 Nagatacho, Tokyo, Tokyo
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Chiyoda, this hotel is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from National Diet Building and within 3 mi (5 km) of Tokyo Imperial Palace and Nippon Budokan. Tokyo Dome and Meiji Jingu Shrine are also within 6 mi (10 km). Tameike-sanno Station is 6 minutes by foot and Kokkai-gijidomae Station is 6 minutes.