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Tokyo Station, Shinagawa Station 

[Former Edo Castle]

A historic site that reminds visitors of the immense Edo Castle

The vast grounds of Edo Castle began to be used as the Imperial Palace in 1868. Nijubashi is one of the Imperial Palace's most famous symbols, and is a place where you can feel the old atmosphere of the former castle. Beyond the bridge are seen the Fushimi-yagura (turret) and stone walls running along the moat. The former castle premises can be accessed from the east gardens of the Imperial Palace without reservation. In the vast garden, with ruins of the Honmaru, Ninomaru and Sannomaru, there is a large castle tower foundation, Ote-mon, Hyakunin-bansho (guardhouses) and so on, which also evoke the former Edo Castle.
Posted photos Main Nijubashi
Two photos Upper photo the large castle tower foundation, lower photo Ote-mon
 
● Kokyo Gaien National Gardens
Address 1-1 Chiyoda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Phone +81-3-3213-0095 (Kokyo Gaien National Garden Office) (Japanese only)
Access Approx. 15 to 20-minute walk from "Tokyo Station" of JR Tokaido Shinkansen.
URL http://www.env.go.jp/garden/kokyogaien/english/
 
● Kokyo Higashi Gyoen Gardens
Address 1-1 Chiyoda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Opening hours March 1st to April 14th 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., April 15th to August 31st 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.,
September 1st to October 31st 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., November 1st to February 28th 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
* Last admission is 30 minutes before closing time.
Holidays Every Monday and Friday
Open on public holidays except for the Emperor's Birthday. Open on Monday and closed on Tuesday if Monday is a public holiday.
Closed from December 28th to January 3rd, on occasional days for special events or in case of unavoidable reasons.
Admission fee Free
Access Approx. 15 to 20-minute walk from "Tokyo Station" of JR Tokaido Shinkansen.
 
Photo credit Chiyoda City Tourism Association

updated on Mar 11, 2015

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