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Tokyo Sights

Imperial Palace Outer Garden (Kokyo-Gaien)

  • Garden/Arboretum

Updated 08/19/2013

Fodor's 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.

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Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Kanagawa-ken, Japan

Sight Details:

  • Free

Updated 08/19/2013


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