About the Imperial Palace in TokyoThe existence of the Japanese Empire today is no small matter. Japan's local culture has preserved one of its ancient symbols of power to this day. What can represent this success better than the existence of the Imperial Palace?
The Emperor's Palace is a palace surrounded by gardens located in the heart of Tokyo, the capital. Today it serves as the official residence of the Emperor of Japan, where the official ceremonies of the Emperor, which since World War II is a representative role in the country, are held. By the way, the Emperor of Japan, who lives in the palace today, is the only monarch in the world, who still holds the title of "emperor." This is a relatively new palace built in 1968 after the former palace was destroyed in World War II. The emperor lives with his family in a vast area surrounded by protective trenches and green groves. In the palace itself, ceremonies are held to welcome new ambassadors, and here the emperor meets leaders of other countries visiting Tokyo.
The palace of the emperor of Japan is surrounded by a protective canal and by gardens or parks, which constitute the largest green lung in Tokyo. Its size is even more impressive when you consider how dense this town is and the cost of every meter built.
The entrance to the palace and some of the surrounding gardens is forbidden, as they serve the imperial family of Japan. Some of these charming gardens are open to the general public. The Nijubashi Bridge is especially famous, also known as the "double bridge" which stands at the entrance to the Imperial Palace.
In spring and especially in April, many of the city's residents and visitors come here to enjoy the spectacular cherry blossoms.
About the PalaceThe Emperor's Palace is actually a well-protected castle surrounded by protective trenches and guard towers, along with thick forests.
The palace is a green lung in the heart of Tokyo, with a total of 3,410 square kilometers. There's a garden of hundreds of Dwarf Bonsai trees, which vary from hundreds of years old and up to 600 years old.
The palace opens to visitors twice a year - on the emperor's birthday, which takes place on December 23 and January 2, on New Year's Day. On the other days, visitors can visit only the eastern garden of the palace, where they can enter the museum showing the imperial collections.
The palace employs about 1,000 service personnel and artists, including cooks, groomsmen, court musicians, palace fishermen, gardeners who take care of the famous bonsai trees of Japan and the Royal Guards, among them the exchange of guards at its gate.
The History of the PalaceThe palace in front of you sits on the ruins of a palace constructed in the 17th century. In the past, the castle served as the fort of the house of Tokugawa Shogunate and was called The Edo Castle. In 1869 Emperor Meiji of Kyoto moved to the Edo Castle (the original name of Tokyo) and since then it has been called the Castle Palace.
During World War II, the palace was destroyed by Allied bombings and in 1948 another palace was erected in the palace gardens of the Shogun, in the area that is now the eastern garden of the palace. The new palace (the present one) was built in 1968. Despite its modernist style, it also has architectural elements from the ancient Japanese tradition and architecture.
TipsThe entrance to the eastern gardens in the palace of the Emperor is free. The public parks are Kitanomaru Park, the Kokyo Gaien Gardens and the Kokyo Higashi Guoen.
Go to a restaurant on the 36th floor of the nearby Marunouchi Tower and look out over a breathtaking view that includes the palace, the royal gardens and the magnificent view around them.