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Tokyo Imperial Palace Tours

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Tokyo Imperial Palace
Home to Japan’s Emperor, the Tokyo Imperial Palace occupies the site of the original Edo Castle (Edo-jō), the Tokugawa shogunate's castle, which was once the largest fortress in the world. Located in the center of Tokyo, the palace is surrounded by moats and serene gardens.

The Basics
Given that it is a royal residence, the palace interior and some of the grounds are closed to the public. You can stroll the meticulously manicured Imperial Palace East Garden, set at the foot of the hill where Edo Castle's foundation remains, and the Imperial Palace Outer Garden. From here you can view two famous bridges, the iron Nijubashi and the stone Meganebashi.

Free tours in English, organized by the Imperial Household Agency, allow you to see a small part of the inner compound. Or combine a visit to the Imperial Palace with other Tokyo attractions, such as the Asakusa and Ginza districts, on a sightseeing tour by bus or chartered taxi or a walking tour. Some tours allow travelers to stop for photos at the palace and also experience a Sumida River cruise, participate in a traditional tea ceremony, or take in the view from the top of Tokyo Tower.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Imperial Palace is a must-visit for those with an interest in Japanese history.
  • This has been the Imperial residence since 1868 when Emperor Meiji moved here from the former capital of Kyoto.
  • To avoid disappointment, it is best to book tour tickets in advance, but walk-in tickets are also available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • It is free to stop at the palace for photos, but various museums on the grounds may require admission fees.
  • The grounds may be closed when Imperial Court functions are scheduled.

How to Get There
The Tokyo Imperial Palace is located in a large park area in the Chiyoda ward of central Tokyo. It is a 15-minute walk to Otemon Gate, the main entrance point, from Otemachi metro station, which is served by the Chiyoda, Tozai, Hanzomon, Mita, and Marunouchi lines. Free tours depart from the Kikyomon Gate, a 10-minute walk from the Otemachi and Nijubashi metro stations.

When to Get There
The gardens are open Tuesday through Thursday and on Saturday and Sunday. Tours are offered morning and afternoon, every day except Sundays and Mondays, national holidays, and December 28 through January 4. Only morning tours are available between July 21 and August 31.

Cherry Blossoms
During sakura, the spring cherry blossom season, more of the palace grounds with old cherry trees are open to the public. It's definitely worth a visit during this time for great opportunities to photograph blooming cherry trees framing the palace, but be prepared for bigger crowds and a more thorough security process.
Address: 1-1 Chiyoda, Tokyo 100-8111, Japan
Admission: Free
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Tokyo Private Chauffeur Driving Sightseeing Tour - English Speaking Driver

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Tokyo Private Chauffeur Driving Sightseeing Tour - English Speaking Driver

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Explore the best that Tokyo has to offer on a full-day private sightseeing tour. Choose from a set itinerary or customize your own with your English-speaking driver to see the locations of the most interest to you. Visit key landmarks like Sensoji Temple, the Skytree building, the Shibuya crossing and more as you listen to commentary about the history and culture of the city.
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  • 7 to 9 hours
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Tokyo Imperial Palace Tour with Nationally-Licensed Guide

Tokyo Imperial Palace Tour with Nationally-Licensed Guide

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Take a short, value-packed trip to Tokyo Imperial Palace, accompanied by a nationally-licensed, experienced multilingual guide! Although Tokyo Imperial Palace is a required desitination if you're interested in the history of Japan, it can also be admired for its natural beauty as you stroll its wide grounds. Your tour will start by meeting your nationally-licensed, experienced multilingual guide at Otemon Gate, the main entrance to the palace. From there you will explore the East Garden situated to the east of the Imperial Palace. All of this and much more can be found on this historic site, formerly home of Edo Castle and the Tokugawa shogunate 400 years ago. Note*1: The Nationally-licensed Tour Guide-Interpreter certification is issued by the Japanese government requires a good knowledge and understanding of Japanese culture and history.
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  • 1 hour
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1-Day Tokyo Bus Tour

1-Day Tokyo Bus Tour

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Discover Tokyo's must-see landmarks on this full-day coach tour including a cruise along the Tokyo Bay. Drive past the National Diet Building and other major attractions en route to the Imperial Palace East Garden for a stroll. Then explore the sights of Asakusa, including Senso-ji Temple, with commentary from an audio guide. Hop aboard a short cruise on Tokyo Bay. Opt to include a buffet lunch if you’d like, with views of the Bay and the Rainbow Bridge from your seat.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
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Dynamic Tokyo: Tokyo Tower, Tea Ceremony and Sumida River Cruise Day Tour

Dynamic Tokyo: Tokyo Tower, Tea Ceremony and Sumida River Cruise Day Tour

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Take a whirlwind sightseeing tour of Tokyo as you visit the city’s top landmarks, observe a tea ceremony, and enjoy a river cruise during this full-day tour. Follow your guide to attractions including the Imperial Palace, Nakamise shopping street, Asakusa Kannon Temple (Senso-ji), and Tokyo Tower observation deck. You also enjoy a traditional Japanese tea ceremony and take a cruise on the Sumida River. This excursion in Tokyo, perfect for those with limited time, also includes lunch, all entrance fees, and a souvenir city map.
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  • 8 hours
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Tokyo Private Custom Walking Tour with local friendly guide

Tokyo Private Custom Walking Tour with local friendly guide

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Discover Tokyo accompanied by an experienced, private guide who shares the modern and traditional sides of the dynamic Japanese capital. Navigate the city's complex, yet efficient, subway system with your guide as you visit famous sites including the outer Tsukiji fish market, the traditional town of Asakusa, the Meiji Shrine. Stroll down Takeshita Street in Harajuku — home to Japan's youth and pop culture, and indulge in lunch on route (depending on option selected). This private tour can also be customized to suit your interests.
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  • 2 to 7 hours
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Small-Group Tokyo Biking Tour

Small-Group Tokyo Biking Tour

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Get an intimate look at Tokyo during this bike tour. Discover the city’s hidden paths and top landmarks, cycling beneath the skyscrapers of Shinjuku to a local shrine and exploring neighborhoods like Ginza and Roppongi Hills. Pass landmarks like Meiji Jingu Shrine, Yoyogi Park, and the Imperial Palace before ending at the top of the 48-story Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building. A guide, bike, and helmet are included.
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  • 6 hours 30 minutes
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Tokyo highlights, Tocho observatory, Meiji shrine, Imperial palace, Akihabara

Tokyo highlights, Tocho observatory, Meiji shrine, Imperial palace, Akihabara

The tour starts with a panoramic view of metropolis including forest of Meiji shrine from 202 meters high Tocho observatory. Then visits Meiji shrine, shinto shrine where the guide will talk about historical backgrounds and Japanese religions. Strolls down Omotesando, shopping street lined with beautiful zelkova trees. Takes a subway to Imperial palace, East garden. The last destination is Akihabara, mecca of subculture and electric device (or Ginza, luxurious shopping street on your request).
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  • 8 hours
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Tokyo Private Tour by Car / Van - Guide Option Available

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Tokyo Private Tour by Car / Van - Guide Option Available

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Skip the hassle of waiting for others and spending too long at places of little interest on this private tour of Tokyo. In the company of just your party and a driver, you have the flexibility to customize your time to your own interests. Enjoy hassle-free pickup from your hotel and explore Tokyo at your own pace, spending as long as you wish at such landmarks as the Meiji Shrine, Imperial Palace, and Tsukiji Fish Market.
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  • 10 hours
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Tokyo Walking tour 6 hours (Tsukuji Fish Market, Asakusa, Ginza, Imperial Palace

Tokyo Walking tour 6 hours (Tsukuji Fish Market, Asakusa, Ginza, Imperial Palace

If you'd like to fully enjoy theTokyo, this private tour is the one you are looking for. In the morning, you will visit Tsujkiji, the world's largest fish market where you can enjoy watching and tasting a variety of seafood. After visiting Tsukiji, the tour will cover imperial palace, also known as the ruin of Edo samurai castle where you can feel the city with a history over 400. Then we will visit Ginza most prestigious shopping and dining district with department stores, high fashion boutiques, and many art galleries. Also included is Asakusa, the most popular touristic spot of classic Tokyo with Sensoji-temple, the oldest Buddhist temple in Tokyo Let's fully enjoy the city like a local.
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  • 6 hours
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Private Kimono Photoshoot Experience in Imperial Palace, Tokyo Station and more!

Private Kimono Photoshoot Experience in Imperial Palace, Tokyo Station and more!

Take a fascinating 'deep dive' into Japanese Kimono experience during this 3-hour photoshoot tour of the Imperial Palace area and Tokyo Station. Our photographer takes you to the heart of Tokyo. Our photographer will take a lot of pictures of you taken by DSLR camera and give you all of them at the end of the tour by smartphone or Google photo. Enjoy the photo session solo, or with friends and family! Men, women, and children are welcome!
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Private tour - All "Must-Sees"! Enjoy your First-Time Visit Tokyo!

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First-time visitors to Tokyo who want a comprehensive overview of the city will love this handy private tour. Experience both modern and ancient Tokyo at attractions like the Tokyo Tower, Meiji Shrine, the Imperial Palace, and more. Foodies will be kept satisfied with lunch at the Tsukiji Fish Market, and shopaholics will love Asakusa and Ginza. Customize the tour to suit your needs.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
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Private Tour - History, Art and Nature at the Imperial Palace

Private Tour - History, Art and Nature at the Imperial Palace

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This private tour takes you to many important places in Tokyo to experience incredible art, learn about Tokyo’s history, and appreciate scenic nature spots too. Save time planning your own itinerary and benefit from a guide’s expertise and local knowledge. The tour goes to the Imperial Palace, Wadakura Fountain Park, the National Museum of Modern Art Crafts Gallery, Kitanomaru Park, and much more.
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Tokyo highlights, Imperial palace, Kiyosumi garden, Edo Tokyo museum, Tsukiji

Tokyo highlights, Imperial palace, Kiyosumi garden, Edo Tokyo museum, Tsukiji

The Tour starts with Morning stroll in East garden, Imperial palace where the visitors can enjoy seasonal flowers while seeing the remains of the Edo castle such as the stone walls and moats. Then head to Tsukiji fish market, lively place to encounter good sushi and traditional Japanese cuisines. After lunch visit Kiyosumi garden featuring many stones collected from nationwide by Mitsubishi founder, Iwasaki Yataro. The last destination is Ryogoku area where Sumo stadium, Edo Tokyo museum are located. The guide will make a brief tour in Edo Tokyo Museum for you to learn about history of Edo,Tokyo and people's life.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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Tokyo Day Tour: Tsukiji Market, Hamarikyu Garden, Imperial Palace, & Tokyo Tower

Tokyo Day Tour: Tsukiji Market, Hamarikyu Garden, Imperial Palace, & Tokyo Tower

Get the best of Tokyo in a single day from your very own private tour. Discover traditional Japanese food at the Tsukiji Outer Market. Then take a stroll through Hama Rikyu Gardens, and learn about the history of the Edo period. Explore the tranquil grounds of the Imperial Palace and learn about the history of Tokyo and the Emperor. End the day from the main deck observatory of Tokyo Tower and see a birds eye view of Tokyo. This full-day guided tour is conducted by our knowledgeable local licensed private tour guides and is perfect for those who want to enjoy as much of Tokyo as possible. Learn from a local, and enjoy the history and culture of Tokyo.
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  • 8 hours
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Must See Tokyo With A Local: Private & Personalized

Must See Tokyo With A Local: Private & Personalized

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See Tokyo like a local with this trip around town, complete with a local host. You'll get to visit many of the city's top attractions and off-the-beaten-track gems, with stops to eat and drink at local cafes. Your guide will also be on hand to give you advice and recommendations as you plan for the rest of your trip.  
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  • 8 hours
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Cherry Blossom highlight, Asakusa, Ueno, Imperial palace & Tsukiji fish market

Cherry Blossom highlight, Asakusa, Ueno, Imperial palace & Tsukiji fish market

The tour visits beautiful Cherry Blossom Viewing places while the Licensed tour guide talks about the back ground of sites. Start with Morning stroll at East garden, Imperial palace seeing beautiful cherry blossoms. Visit Tsukiji fish market, lively place to eat good sushi and barbecued chicken, scallops. After lunch head to Sensoji temple, land mark of Asakusa. The last destination is Ueno park lined with a thousand of cherry blossoms seeing remains of Tokugawa family's temple, and Ameyoko shopping arcade many locals buy and eat.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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Tokyo Half-Day Private Tour with Nationally-Licensed Guide

Tokyo Half-Day Private Tour with Nationally-Licensed Guide

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This half-day tour is an ideal choice for time-tight travelers visiting Tokyo. Avoid the hassle of navigating by having a private guide to take you around the city. A perk of the tour is that you won’t waste time going to sights that don’t interest you, as the route can be customized. A sample itinerary may include Senso-ji Temple in Asakusa, Shibuya Crossing, Takeshita Street in Harajuku, Imperial Palace, and Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.
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  • 4 hours
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Tokyo City Tour: Private Chauffeur Guide with Chartered Car

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Tokyo City Tour: Private Chauffeur Guide with Chartered Car

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A chauffeured private tour is the perfect way to see Tokyo if you have a limited time or want to get your bearings in the city. Enjoy round trip transportation from your accommodation in a luxury vehicle. Relax on a full day excursion that showcases the diversity of Tokyo, from its high tech present to its traditional roots. Customize the tour to your must-see locations.
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  • 10 hours
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Introduction To Tokyo & Highlights Private Walking Tour With A Local

Introduction To Tokyo & Highlights Private Walking Tour With A Local

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Orient yourself on your first day in Tokyo, and see the city through the eyes of a local. During this customized tour with your personal host, learn how to navigate and use Tokyo’s transport system. Choose from the city’s most famous attractions, or explore up-and-coming neighborhoods. Understand cultural practices, find the best places to eat, and get advice on Tokyo’s nightlife scene.
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  • 3 hours
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$79.14
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Half Day Sightseeing Tour in Tokyo

Half Day Sightseeing Tour in Tokyo

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Spend a morning or afternoon sightseeing in Tokyo by comfortable coach. Select your departure time then motor past multiple landmarks, such as the National Diet Building, and stop to explore significant sites including the Imperial Palace East Garden and Senso-ji Temple in Asakusa. Your Tokyo tour includes round-trip transport and headsets so you can clearly hear your guide.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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$69.65
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Freely set up plans Guided Private Tours in Tokyo

Freely set up plans Guided Private Tours in Tokyo

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A guided private tour that will make your tour time and itinerary the way you want! You can choose from 4, 6, 8 and 10 hours for the tour. It will tour 4 hours (2 places of tourist attraction), 6 hours (4 places), 8 hours (6 places), 10 hours (8 places). You can choose from Tokyo's standard and popular attractions. Make it your own way! Destination list Tsukiji Outer Market,Senso-ji Temple,Tokyo Sky Tree, Ueno Zoo,Shibuya Scramble Crossing,Meiji Jingu Shrine,Tokyo tower,Shinjuku Gyoen,Owl Cafe,Hedgehog Cafe,Hamarikyu Garden,Imperial Palace. This is a private tour using public transport. You will receive an email after booking your tour from this web page. Please reply to the email with the tourist sites (destinations)you want to visit. For details of the tour, you can look at the what to expect section and inclusions excursions section of this web page.
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  • 4 to 10 hours
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Japanese Whisky Tasting Experience at Local Bar in Tokyo

Japanese Whisky Tasting Experience at Local Bar in Tokyo

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Learn the ins and outs of one of Japan’s most delectable spirits—Japanese whisky—during this small-group tasting experience. Join a private guide to drink like a true Tokyo resident at a locally-run bar, where you’ll get an insider’s run-down of Japan’s most esteemed labels. Enjoy samples that are usually costly and difficult to find, including award-winning bottles of aged whisky, in this under-the-radar watering hole.
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  • 2 hours
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Private Tokyo Custom Half-Day Tour by Chartered Vehicle

Private Tokyo Custom Half-Day Tour by Chartered Vehicle

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Discover Tokyo on your own terms thanks to this 4-hour customizable private tour. Climb aboard you charted bus, limo or van as you explore some of the Japanese capital’s top monuments, ranging from Meiji Jingu Shrine to historic Asakusa, the Imperial Palace and much more. The choice is up to you and your group. Best of all, your private vehicle, driver and round-trip pickup from central Tokyo are included. An optional guide is also on call.
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  • 4 hours
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Private Tokyo Custom Full-Day Tour by Chartered Vehicle

Private Tokyo Custom Full-Day Tour by Chartered Vehicle

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Spend a day seeing Tokyo at your own pace with a private vehicle and optional guide. Tailor an itinerary that is suited to your group, with or without a private guide to accompany you. Choose to visit top attractions such as Tokyo Tower, the Imperial Palace, Edo Castle, Senso-ji Temple in Asakusa, and Tsukiji Market, which is renowned for its fresh seafood. You could also add a stop at Edo Tokyo Museum, Tokyo Sky Tree, Takeshita Street where Harajuku culture flourishes, or the districts of Ginza, Odaiba or Akihabara.
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  • 8 hours
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$866.15
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