Tokyo’s Imperial Garden East

The gardens are surrounded by this incredible rock wall and moat.

We tried to visit the Imperial Garden on Wednesday, but it was closed, so back again on Thursday. I wanted to see the Imperial Palace, but it was not there, it was just the Gardens. The Imperial East Gardens are the former site of Edo Castle’s innermost circles of defense. None of the main buildings remain today, but the moats, walls, entrance gates and several guardhouses still exist, which was really enough – it was peaceful, in the middle of the city, large enough to have plenty of time for us to be alone while walking thru most of the garden. Check out this map.

I could not help but to feel I was walking where royalty walked, touching the same trees, stone walls and enjoying the same incredible peaceful walk through these amazing gardens.

29 responses to “Tokyo’s Imperial Garden East”

  1. Lovely photos, I remember visiting them. Thanks for stirring those memories.

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    1. Sheree, it was so peaceful there, and we loved imagining we were touching some of the same things that a history’s worth of royalty have touched.

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    1. It was such a large estate, that it felt like we were walking alone some of the time, all within a hugely busy metropolis right outside the stone walls.

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  2. Appears you had the place to yourselves….a royal experience. Thanks

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    1. There were people there, but scattered, which is the exact opposite of what you will find right outside the stone gate walls.

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  3. I can tell I’ve had a lot of Disney when my first thought was “that building is just like the one in Epcot!” Haha! Maybe someday I’ll make it to the real Japan. .

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    1. Disney is the best, they have such wonderful detail. Check out our trip to Tokyo Disney – now that was an awesome trip! https://daveandlaurasdream.com/2019/07/19/disney-tokyo/
      and
      https://daveandlaurasdream.com/2019/07/20/tokyo-disney-2/
      and one more – because disney is awesome!
      https://daveandlaurasdream.com/2019/07/21/a-few-last-disney-pictures/

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  4. What beautiful photos to go with your story. So the current imperial palace is not so old? It sounds and looks wonderful. Did you know that it was an Englishman who helped Japan recover its cherry trees, and added new ones from lost strains?

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    1. I did not know that about the cherry trees and we never were able to track down the Imperial Palace I’m guessing it burnt down because we heard there were so many fires there and they lost so many National Treasures to these large quantities of fires some things were just never rebuilt

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  5. Nice pictures πŸ‘

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    1. Thanks, we had a wonderful time.

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    1. It was, there was a palace there at some point, but I guess there were many years of fires everywhere inJapan, and everything burnt except stone

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      1. That sucks. Would of been nice to see it.

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      2. I know, most of the temples in Japan are rebuilt typically 2x because of fires. Alot of samurai became firefighters we learned, because they had to

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      3. From fighting warriors to fighting fires. That would make a great story.

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  6. Wonderful. I like and i share. Take care.

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    1. It was massive in a city of tiny places, this was sprawling

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  7. Such beautiful scenery! I’d love to visit here, it looks so peaceful.

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    1. It was incredibly peaceful in the middle of an overload crazy metropolis Tokyo

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  9. I love the pagodas and so much of the culture… I’m jealous you got to go.

    Thank you for the like on ZodiacImmortal

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    1. That trip was by far one of my favorite, the only thing that would have made it better is if my son and parents could have come along.

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