I’m Masayo, Tokyo Guided Tour planner.
I introduce where to explore with family members in Tokyo.
Today I’d like to introduce the East Garden of the Imperial Palace!
What’s the Imperial Palace?
The West side of the Imperial Palace is the house for Japanese Imperial Family.
So general people are not allowed to enter.
But the east side of the Imperial Palace is opened in public.
It is a beautiful and large garden.
But it is not just a garden.
This is also a historical place.
Between the 17th and the 19th century, Japan was in Edo era.
Then Edo shogunate governed Japan.
Tokugawa shoguns founded their castle where the Imperial Palace is located in now.
And you can know the history in the East Garden of the Imperial Palace.
1. Double bridge
Double bridge is not in the East Garden, but it is located in the west side of the Imperial Palace. (Outside of the buildings)
Two bridges are built over the moat, but only the back bridge is called Niju-bashi which means Double bridge.
And the official name is SEIMONTETSUBASHI.
You cannot cross the bridge without permitting, but I recommend you to take photos here.
2. Tatsumi Yagura
Tatsumi Yagura used be a warehouse of weapons.
You can see it from outside of the Imperial Palace.
The name, Tatsumi Yagura means warehouse located in the south east of Edo castle.
And it has a ledge on the wall.
It is to attack enemies.
Can you guess how samurai warriors attack enemies?
Inside of the East Garden of the Imperial Palace, you can see three Bansyos.
Bansyo is a guardhouse to check feudal lords and samurais who visit Edo castle.
In Edo period, they were required to visit shogun.
The policy is called Sankinkoutai.
To keep the security, Edo castle had several guardhouses.
Now you can see three guardhouses there.
4. Fujimi Yagura
Fujimi means seeing Mt. Fuji.
Fujimi Yagura is a watch tower and built on high stone walls.
It is said that shogun enjoyed the view of Mt. Fuji or fireworks in Suimda River from Fujimi Yagura.
Ninomaru Garden is a beautiful garden and Japanese emperor enjoys the view when the East Garden of the Imperial Palace is closed.
It has different various landscape in each season.
The most beautiful time is in June because irises are in full bloom then.
You can see carps in the pond.
But they are a little bit different from usual ones.
They have long tails and fins like gold fishes.
|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.)|
|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|
The more you know the history, the more you have a great time!
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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|
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