The present Imperial Palace is located on the site of the former residential area of the Tokugawa Shogunate in the Edo Period. Following the Meiji Restoration in 1868, Emperor Meiji moved here from Kyoto. It mainly consists of four areas, the Imperial Residence area, the East Gardens, the Kitanomaru Park and the Garden Plaza. The Garden Plaza above is a spacious green square offering rest and relaxation to driven Tokyoites.
0: Imperial Residence Area
1: Tokyo Station
2: JP Tower KITTE
3: Marunouchi Brick Square
4: Statue of Kusunoki Masashige
5: Nijyubashi (Double Bridge)
6: Wadakura Fountain Park
8: Sannomaru Shozokan
9: Guard House
10: Ninomaru Gardens
11: Inner Citadel Ruins
12: Edo Casttle Ruins
13: National Museum of Modern Art
14: National Museum of Modern Art
15: Kitanomaru Garden 16: Science Museum 17: Nippon Budokan 18: Chidorigafuchi 19: Yasukuni Shrine
Nowadays you can enter a small part of the Imperial Residence area with permission, but it is basically a private area of the Emperor family.Photo A is the Residence build in 1993 and B is its surroundings. As you can tell from the pictures, they are living in a way as small as we are.
C is a part of the Palace named Chowaden Hall built in 1969. On the New Year’s Day and the Emperor’s birthday, the Imperial Family appears on its balcony and the Emperor gives a short address wishing the visitor good health and blessings.
If you want to get the image of the Palace in the Meiji Era, you may as well visit the State Guest House, Akasaka Palace in Tokyo which was originally the Crown Prince's Palace built in 1909.
And to glimpse of the Palace in olden times, there are the Kyoto Imperial Palace built in 14th century and the Katsura Imperial Villa built in 17th century in Kyoto.
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