The imperial palace is the residence of His Majesty the Emperor and the Empress. The building is a former Edo castle that sits on a property 24.6 million square meters big in the heart of Tokyo. Only certain areas are open to the public. Surrounding buildings include several government ministries and agencies such as the Tokyo Metropolitan Department, the Tokyo Fire Department, the Supreme Court, the Parliament and many embassies. There are nice jogging courses with superb views in the area.
Niju-Bashi consists of two bridges that connect the inner palace grounds over the Niju-Bashi moat. The bridges are only open during special occasions such as when foreign dignitaries pay a visit or for the New Year's greeting by the imperial family.
Sakurada is one of the gates granting access to the imperial palace. It is a cultural asset of national importance.
The Kita-no-Maru park is located north of the Imperial Palace. The grounds are covered with a small forest and also house the Science Museum and the Japan martial arts hall.
The East Garden inside the Imperial Palace complex is a Japanese-style garden. The large grounds (210,000 square meters) include a tea-ceremony house, a forest and the remains of some of the foundations of the old Edo castle. Open to the public from 9am-4pm, except Mondays and Fridays. Free admission.
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