Imperial Palace Gardens

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Palace Garden, on the other side of this moat

It took us awhile to decipher the complicated subway map, but we finally figured out which line would bring us towards the Imperial Palace.  It was the Marunouchi line, and now we just had to find that!  More directions from a non-english speaker, and we found it ok.  It's easy to get lost in the Tokyo Subway System!  When we got to our stop, we had no idea what direction to walk...but we saw a group of trees, and decided to head for that.  It turned out to be a correct assumption!  We found the Imperial Palace Garden, and had to walk a block to get to the bridge that crosses the moat around it.  The moat had several swans living in it.  It started to rain a little at that point, enough for us to break out the umbrellas.

Even though we knew the Imperial Palace itself is closed to the public,  we were hoping to be able to walk around and take some pictures.

Walking up the Tenshuda Donjon Base
Unfortunately, it is hidden completely by trees, and the roads that go close to it are blocked off.   We walked around some large stone walls, and marveled at their construction in the day before cranes.  We walked up to the highest part, called the "Tenshuda Dunjon Base",  a part of Edo Castle constructed in 1607.  It was completed in 1622,  but burned down in 1657 and was never reconstructed- but the base remains here today.   The Imperial Garden itself is beautiful,  with many ponds, bridges, a waterfall, flowers, and cherry blossoms.  We explored all over the areas where we were allowed, and the guys were making fun of me for taking so many pictures.  But hey, I'm probably only going to be here once!

After we finished our garden tour, we toyed with the idea of going back to Ginza in the daytime... but everyone was so beat from walking around Tokyo for 6 hours, we decided to just go back to the hotel and rest up a bit.   All the walking, plus the time change, has worn us out.  Once again, both Dave and Doug were asleep within minutes!

dmae712 says:
I didn't go here either because my frommer's guide didn't recommend it. LOL
Posted on: Jun 04, 2007
Aditu says:
I have a hard time understanding public transport lines in Pittsburgh let alone another country, lol.
Posted on: May 28, 2007
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Palace Garden, on the other side o…
Palace Garden, on the other side …
Walking up the Tenshuda Donjon Base
Walking up the Tenshuda Donjon Base
Catching the Subway to the Imperia…
Catching the Subway to the Imperi…
Closest subway stop to the Palace.…
Closest subway stop to the Palace…
hmmm...where are we?
hmmm...where are we?
well, lets just head towards the t…
well, lets just head towards the …
we were right!
we were right!
Tokyo Tower, in the distance
Tokyo Tower, in the distance
one of the denizens of the moat
one of the denizens of the moat
Moat around the garden
Moat around the garden
The Palace itself is beyond the mo…
The Palace itself is beyond the m…
This swan was eating weeds in the …
This swan was eating weeds in the…
It was free to enter the garden
It was free to enter the garden
young trees propped up in front of…
young trees propped up in front o…
Imperial Palace Gardens
Imperial Palace Gardens
nice walk through the garden
nice walk through the garden
the cherry trees were in full bloo…
the cherry trees were in full blo…
the remains of Dunjon Base
the remains of Dunjon Base
we wondered how they put these hug…
we wondered how they put these hu…
The buildings burned in 1657, neve…
The buildings burned in 1657, nev…
there was a crew of cleaning worke…
there was a crew of cleaning work…
giant stone walls, surrounded by a…
giant stone walls, surrounded by …
worker bees, cleaning up
worker bees, cleaning up
the grounds were very well maintai…
the grounds were very well mainta…
along the pond in the Imperial Gar…
along the pond in the Imperial Ga…
was very un-crowded
was very un-crowded
Imperial Garden
Imperial Garden
Imperial Palace Gardens
Imperial Palace Gardens
Imperial Palace Gardens
Imperial Palace Gardens
Imperial Palace Gardens
Imperial Palace Gardens
Imperial Garden
Imperial Garden
Imperial Garden
Imperial Garden
Palace Garden Waterfall
Palace Garden Waterfall
raining in the Palace Garden
raining in the Palace Garden
some large bamboo trees
some large bamboo trees
plenty of blossoming cherry trees,…
plenty of blossoming cherry trees…
forest of bamboo
forest of bamboo
Imperial Palace
photo by: WaltJake