Tokyo Imperial Palace (皇居 Kōkyo)

The Tokyo Imperial Palace is literally a minute away from the Tokyo Station. It is delimited by the Marunouchi business district on the East side. You can see the row of skyscrapers lining up at the boundary of the park. On South-West side of the palace are located government buildings such as the Japanese Diet.

The Tokyo Imperial palace is the official residence of the Japanese Emperor and his family. The capital and the palace were previously in Kyoto but in 1868, the Japanese emperor moved to his new residence in Tokyo. The palace itself can’t be visited since it is the house of the emperor. Security measures are really high around the area. Some buildings can be seen from outside of the gate but it is overall a very secretive place. To the North-East are located the Imperial Palace East Gardens where plant species from all regions of Japan can be found.

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Country: Japan
Area : Kanto area
Prefecture : Tōkyō-to
City : Chiyoda-ku
District : Kōkyogaien
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Gaijin San

Since my better half is Japanese I often have the chance to travel to Japan. I grew fond over time of this magnificent country. I thought of sharing with you some places worth visiting in this little but growing travel guide to Japan. I try to show with images what I can't express with words. I hope you may find here some inspiration! For those who wonder, I chose the moniker Gaijin-San after being called like this by a waitress at a grilled eel restaurant. "Gaijin" means foreigner and "San" is a honorific suffix in Japanese.

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