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.

Published by David & Laura Speer

Were a Metro Detroit, Michigan, couple – second marriages for both of us – and we dream of retiring early to Travel the World. Follow us while we try and figure out to raise our kids, and save to retire. David is a Robot Programmer, Laura is a Medical Physicist. We put our kids before ourselves for years, saved and ate at home and now after years of all this sacrifice and raising our kids - we are closing in on empty nesting, and we realized we have the opportunity to retire earlier than most and follow our dreams to travel the world. How are we going to do this? Well we have a lot of ideas, but lets see how it works out. Our original retirement date was January 1, 2021. We are reviewing the option of working another 3 years but prefer to keep the 2021 date, either way we will be retired by 55 years old - still trying to figure out how, but working toward our goal everyday, while enjoying each other and our blended family. Follow us to see what happens. All images on this blog are copyright (c)

29 thoughts on “Tokyo’s Imperial Garden East

  1. 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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  2. 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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