The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace is a 21-hectare garden centering on the Honmaru and Ninomaru areas of the former Edo Castle, located on the east side of the Imperial Palace in Chiyoda Ward.

It forms a major cherry blossom planting area in the heart of the city, with various cherry trees blooming in a spacious area within the grounds where many historic buildings and other structures are located.

Visitors can enjoy approximately 280 cherry trees, including someiyoshino, satozakura, and kanhizakura, as well as early-blooming cherry trees such as kawazu-zakura, which can be seen as early as early March.

While admission to the park is free, sports and drinking are prohibited, so the crowds are small and you can enjoy the cherry blossoms in a purely relaxing atmosphere, making it a safe place for families, students, and the elderly to enjoy cherry blossom viewing.

In addition to the Imperial Palace, the area is also home to the National Diet Building and the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department, making it in many ways the main axis of Japan.

Image Credit: Tokyo Navi via tokyo-park.net archive

Park Name Imperial Palace East Gardens
皇居東御苑
Park Address 1 Chiyoda 1, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Access (by train)
  • JR Tokyo Station About 1.0 km
  • Subway Hanzomon line/Mita line/Chiyoda line/Tozai line/Marunouchi line Otemachi station about 0.6 km
  • Subway Tozai line Takebashi station about 1.0 km
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Cherry blossoms in the East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (angle 01) Cherry blossoms in the East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (angle 02) Cherry blossoms in the East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Angle 03)
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Cherry Blossoms in the East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Angle 10) Cherry Blossoms in the East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Angle 11) Cherry Blossoms in the East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Angle 12)

Image Credit: Tokyo Navi via tokyo-park.net archive

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