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Imperial Palace Outer Garden (Kokyo-Gaien)

Imperial Palace Outer Garden (Kokyo-Gaien) Review

When the office buildings of the Meiji government were moved from this area in 1899, the whole expanse along the east side of the palace was turned into a public promenade and planted with 2,800 pine trees. The Outer Garden affords the best view of the castle walls and their Tokugawa-period fortifications: Ni-ju-bashi and the Sei-mon, the 17th-century Fujimi Yagura watchtower, and the Sakurada-mon gate. From 10 to 3 on Sundays, the road between the Outer Garden and Palace is closed to traffic and the reception desk near the south end of the garden lends bicycles for free.

Updated: 08-19-2013

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