Kokyo Higashi Gaien
100-0001 Tokyo, Japan
tel: +81 (0)3 3213 1111
NileGuide Expert tip:
Come on December 23rd or New Year's Day for VIP access
The Japanese people take their monarchy seriously, and Tokyo's Imperial Palace, home to the royal family, gives a sense of just how venerated they are. On first approaching the Imperial Palace, one might be disappointed by the total restriction of access to the grounds. It's important to remember, however, that this is where the emperor and his family live, and it's enough to be able to visit the immaculate gardens adjacent to the palace, gazing at the ancient, imposing palace walls and partaking of the latest gossip on the country's favorite family. Come to the Imperial Palace on the 23rd of December for the emperor's birthday, or on New Year's Day, and you'll be granted access inside and treated to a speech by the man himself.