Tokyo Imperial Palace is situated on the former site of Edo Castle, a large park area in the center of Tokyo, surrounded by moats and massive stone walls, a short walk from Tokyo Station.
The address of Tokyo Imperial Palace is 1-1 Chiyoda, Chiyoda City, Tokyo 100-8111
It is Japan’s Imperial Family’s home. Edo Castle was once the residence of the shogun of Tokugawa who ruled Japan from 1603 to 1867. The shogunate was overthrown in 1868, transferring the capital of the nation and Imperial Residence from Kyoto to Tokyo.
Building a new Imperial Palace was completed in 1888. Throughout World War Two, the palace was once demolished and then restored in the same style.
Visitors can see the Nijubashi, two bridges that form an entrance to the inner palace grounds, from Kokyo Gaien, the wide plaza in front of the Imperial Palace. Meganebashi (Eyeglass Bridge) is the name given to the stone bridge in front because of its appearance. The Nijubashi (Double Bridge) name comes from the fact that the bridge in the back used to be a two-level wooden bridge.
The palace’s inner grounds are normally closed to the public. Visitors can only access the inner palace grounds on January 2 (New Year’s Greeting) and February 23 (Emperor’s Birthday) to see members of the Imperial Family who make several public appearances on a balcony.