Imperial Palace visit guidance(English)


The Imperial Palace with its grounds is located on the site of the former residential palace of the successive Tokugawa Shoguns in the Edo Period. Following the Meiji Restoration in 1868, Emperor Melji moved here from Kyoto which had been the Imperial capital for more than a thousand years. Since then, this is where the Emperor has resided and, as Imperial Palace, where the various Imperial ceremonies and snoeA functions have been held.
To replace the Meiji Palace burnt down in 1945, the present Palace was built and was completed in 1968.
The Imperial Palace grounds extend over an area of approximately 1,150,000 square meters, and are surrounded by a moat and rampart with eight gates.

Principal buildings can be seen during the tour

Principal buildings in the East Gardens

(excluded from the tour course)

Guide map

Tour course 、Tour takes hr.and 15mins.

Buildings can be seen during the tour

  • 1Someikan (Visitors' House)
  • 2Kyu-sumitsu-in
  • 3Fujimi-yagura
  • 4Hasuike-bori (Moat)
  • 5Fujimi-tamon Defence House
  • 6Imperial Household Agency Building
  • 7Kyuden Totei (The Palace East Courtyard)
  • 8Kyuden (The Imperial Palace)
  • 9Seimon-tetsubashi (Bridge) (Nijubashi)
  • 10Fushimi-yagura
  • 11Yamashita-dori (Street)

Buildings in the East Gardens

  • 1Tenshu-dai(Base of the main tower)
  • 2Toka-gakudo (Concert Hall)
  • 3Music Department Building
  • 4Archives and Mausolea Department
  • 5Bairin-zaka (Slope)
  • 6Shiomi-zaka (Slope)
  • 7Symbolic Prefectural Trees
  • 8Suwa-no-cha-ya
  • 9Doshin-bansho (Guardhouse)
  • 10Hyaku-nin-bansho (Guardhouse)
  • 110-bansho (Guardhouse)
  • 12Site of the Matsu-no-o-roka (Corridor)
  • 13San-no-maru Sho-zo-kan
    (The Museum of the Imperial Collections)

Tour of the Imperial Palace Grounds (Admission free)

Tours are conducted twice a day: at 10:00am and 1:30pm.
Those who wish to join the tour can register either in advance or on the spot, both on a first come, first served basis.
The tours are not conducted on national holidays (excluding Saturday), Sunday, Monday and new year holidays between 28 December and 4 January.


Visitor Office, Administration Division, Maintenance and Works Department, Imperial Household Agency.

The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Higashi Gyoen) (Admission free)


From 1 March to 14 April 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
From 15 April to the end of August 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
From 1 September to the end of September 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
From 1 October to the end of October 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
From 1 November to the end of February 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Last entry: 30 minutes before the closing time


The Garden is closed on the following days and occasions.

  • Every Monday and Friday (open on National Holiday except the Emperor's Birthday)
  • In the event that a National Holiday falls on a Monday, the Garden will be closed on the Tuesday immediately following the National Holiday.
  • From December 28 to January 3
  • In circumstances where it is deemed necessary to close the Garden due to Imperial Court functions or other occasions.

Entrance and exit gates: (Free of charge)

Ote-mon(Gate), Hirakawa-mon(Gate) and Kita-hane-bashi-mon(Gate)


Further information is available from the office.
From Tuesday to Thursday TEL 03-3213-1111 ext. 3621
Saturdays, Sundays and National Holidays
TEL 03-3213-2050

Sannomaru Shozokan