The Imperial Palace East Gardens are located at the former site of the Edo Castle, once the residence of the Tokugawa shogun who ruled Japan from 1603 to 1867. While none of the buildings remain today, the moat, walls, entrance gates and guardhouses are visible and make for a quick snapshot into the past.
I headed to the Imperial East gardens hoping for some relief from the summer heat. Unfortunately, it was summer so even the plants and flowers had died.. I think it would be worth a visit during cherry blossom season though!
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Want to know what else to do in Tokyo? Check out my full Japan series:
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Tsukiji Fish Market Pt 1 Is the Tuna Auction Worth Visiting?
Tsukiji Fish Market Pt 2 (You Woke Up Late) The Other Stalls
How to Travel Japan Shinkansen & the Japan Rail Pass
Tokyo’s Most Famous Temple: Asakusa and Senso-Ji
Hotel Review Mornings at the Park Hyatt Tokyo
Tokyo Sights: Visiting the Imperial East Gardens
A Visit to Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto (Memoirs of a Geisha!)
What Does It Mean to Donate a Torii Gate
Sanjusangendo Temple and the 1,000 Statues of Kannon
Sushi for Breakfast, Really? Sushi Daiwa at Tsukiji
Delicious Bakery Treats Mont Thabor & The Park Hyatt
Is Japan Vegetarian Friendly? Here’s What You Can Expect & Eat More Greens
Dessert Among Diamonds Mikimoto Lounge
How Good is Japanese Tonkatsu