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Kokyo Gaien National Gardens - 皇居外苑

Known for being the area in front of the Imperial Palace, the black pine trees on the beautiful lawns are particularly dramatic. In the Edo era, this area was known as Nishinomarushita and was the location of the house of the palace's chief servants. As you proceed into the park, you will be able to see Nijubashi, the well known symbol of the Imperial Palace. Near the Babasakimon stands a bronze statue of Masashige Kusunoki. Sakuradamon, an important cultural asset to Japan, on the south side is the site of the Sakuradamon Incident in which Naosuke Ii was assassinated by Mito and Satsuma samurai in 1860.

Kokyo Gaien (The Imperial Palace Park)


From Tokyo Metro Nijubashimae Station (C10) Exit 2: 1 min on foot

Location Details

Category Japanese Garden/Park
Address 1-1 Kokyo Gaien, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Admission Free of charge
Closed Open 365 days a year (The office is open 8:30a.m. – 5:15p.m. everyday except weekends and national holidays)

*Information is current as of October 2014.

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