I’m Masayo, Tokyo Guided Tour planner.


I introduce where to explore with family members in Tokyo.


Today‘s target is…..


Edo castle!


What’s this?




This is the large stone base which is located in the East Garden of the Imperial Palace.

Please check the article about the Imperial Palace.

The Imperial Palace is more interesting if you know the history!


You may wonder why it was built here.


In fact, this is a foundation of Edo Castle.


…FOUNDATION of Edo Castle ?!


But where’s Edo castle?? disapperead?


Today, I’d like to tell you why only the foundation remains in the East Garden of the Imperial Palace.


The reason is related to Japan’s history closely.



What’s Edo castle?


Samurai worriers battled with each other in the age of civil war from the end of the 15th to the end of the 16th centuries.

Afterward, Oda Nobunaga, Toyotomi Hideyoshi unified Japan.

But Japan was still in civil wars.


Finally, Tokugawa Ieyasu unified Japan and he opened a syogunate in 1603 in Tokyo.

At that time Tokyo was called Edo, so it was called Edo syogunate.


Edo castle was in the place where the East Garden of the Imperial Palace is now.


Edo castles were built three times by three syoguns.


The first castle was made by the first syogun Tokugawa Ieyasu in 1606.

However, the castle was removed by the second shogun, Todkugawa Hidetada in 1622.

He built bigger castle to show people that his power is stronger than Ieyasu.


But the second castle was also removed by the third shogun, Tokugawa Iemitsu in 1638.

And his castle is the last castle.


Unfortunately, Iemitsu’s castle was burnt down by a great fire in 1657.


Then the fourth syogun, Tokugawa Ietsuna expected to be the next master of Edo castle.

He started to make his own castle.

But then his uncle, Hoshina Masayuki suggested him to stop founding his castle.




When the great fire happened, Edo town was also damaged so much.

His uncle suggest him to spend his money not for his own castle but for people.


That’s why he abandoned to construct it and only the foundation remains.


The more you know Japan’s history, the more you can enjoy the East Garden of the Imperial Palace.

The East Garden of the Imperial Palace is the nice place to know both Japan’s history and Japan’s Imperial family.

However, you need to get information about Japan’s history to enjoy the historical heritages.

I will tell you about Japan’s history about Edo castle, so I hope you are interested in it.



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Admission Free


Opening Hours
March 1st to April 14th 9:00am ~ 4:30pm (You need to enter by 4:00pm.)
April 15th to August 31st 9:00am ~ 5:00pm (You need to enter by 4:30pm.)
September 1st to October 31st 9:00am ~ 4:30pm (You need to enter by 4:00pm.)
November 1st to Febraury 29th 9:00am ~ 4:00 pm (You need to enter by 3:30pm.)
Closed Days
Mondays and Fridays If a Monday or Friday are national holidays it will be opened (It will be closed on December 23rd.)
If a Monday is a national holiday then the next day.
From December 28th to Fanuary 3rd



How to get to the nearest station?

The nearest station is Otemachi

From Shinjuku Station
Shinjuku Sta Otemachi Sta. Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line
From Asakusa station
Asakusa Sta. Nihombashi Sta. Tokyo Metro Ginza Line
Nihombashi Sta. Otemachi Sta. Tokyo Metro Tozai Line
From Narita Airport
Narita Airport Nippori Sta. Keisei Narita Airport Line Skyliner
Nippori Sta. Nishi-Nippori Sta. JR Yamanote Line
Nishi-Nippori Sta. Otemachi Sta. Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line

I recommend you to use the Route App.↓

Japan Travel-Route, Map, JR


Hotel Info

Some hotels near Otemachi station are available.
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Marunouchi Hotel

Hotel Metropolitan Tokyo Marunouchi


The Tokyo Station Hotel

Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo

Palace Hotel Tokyo

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