Kokyo Higashi Gyoen Garden (Imperial Palace East Garden)
The Kokyo Higashi Gyoen Garden (Imperial Palace East Garden) was opened to the public in 1968, covering an area of approximately 210,000 square meters from the Honmaru (Principal compound in a castle complex, where the castle owner spent his daily life and government affairs were carried out), Ninomaru (Second compound located outside of the Honmaru, where the castle owner met with feudal lords) and a part of the Sannomaru (Third compound surrounding the Ninomaru) of Edo Castle. The Honmaru section contains a vast lawn, while the Ninomaru section is maintained as an Edo Period (1603-11867) Japanese garden along with the Musashino copse, and these two sections represent the last remaining Edo Period garden in Japan. The copse, that was about to be destroyed for development in the Tokyo suburbs, was re-planted together with the entire surface soil onto a lawned section of the garden around 20 years ago, using groundbreaking construction techniques.
Address: 1-1 Chiyoda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Admission Fee: Free
Closed: Mondays, Fridays (open if the Monday or the Friday is a national holiday, except on the Emperor's Birthday 23 Dec.)
*If Monday is a national holiday,Closed: the next day.
[Walk]Tokyo Metro Otemachi Station/ On foot/ 5 min.
Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line Nijubashi-mae Station/ On foot/ 10 min.
Tokyo Metro Tozai Line Takebashi Station/ On foot/ 5 min.
JR Tokyo Station Marunouchi Kitaguchi (north exit)/ On foot/ 15 min.