Imperial Palace inner grounds

10 Dec

If you have ever visited the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, you most likely have only seen the outer grounds.
That is the area that is normally open to the public. There are only a few days each year that the general public are permitted to enter the inner grounds (and on those days, you must line up and go through a baggage search and pass a metal detector).

Last weekend was one of the rare occasions that the Imperial Palace inner grounds were open to the public.
People were allowed in to view (and photograph) the beautiful autumn colors in the royal gardens.

Last Sunday, my wife and I went there. Here are some of the photographs I took of the inner grounds:

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The staff quarters.

 

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This foundation is the remnants of the original castle from centuries ago. The roof of the famous Nippon-Budokan can be seen in the distance.

 

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The Imperial music hall.

 

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One of the original guards’ quarters

 

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From there, we walked to the 100 year old Tokyo Station for dinner.

 

2 Responses to “Imperial Palace inner grounds”

  1. Nagzilla December 11, 2014 at 11:08 pm #

    Thank you for sharing these! Some of my coolest pictures from our trip are from the palace grounds, but they are all outer grounds. Still beautiful though. And from there we walked down to that fountain park a few blocks away. Don’t remember the name of it, but we spent a good hour there just hanging out and listening to and watching the water works.

    Gawd, I want to go back again. Such an amazing city!

    Liked by 1 person

    • tokyo5 December 12, 2014 at 12:56 am #

      >that fountain park a few blocks away. Don’t remember the name of it,

      I guess you mean Wadakura Park.

      >Such an amazing city!

      I think so too.

      Like

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