East Garden of the Imperial Palace(English)

East Garden of the Imperial Palace

The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace were created as part of the renovation project of the Imperial Palace grounds. The project was authorised by a cabinet decision in 1960. The Gardens are located in the eastern part of the Imperial Palace grounds and occupy main quarters of the former Edo Castle. The gardens cover 210,000 square meters and have been open to the public since 1 October 1968.

Opening hours

From 1 March to 14 April 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
From 15 April to the end of August 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
From 1 September to the end of September 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
From 1 October to the end of October 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
From 1 November to the end of February 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Last entry: 30 minutes before the closing time


  • On Mondays and Fridays (except for most of the National Holidays)
  • From 28 December to 3 January
  • In unavoidable circumstances


The Ote-mon Gate, Hirakawa-mon Gate and Kitahanebashi-mon Gate.

The Composition of the Gardens

The Gardens offer-opportunities for visitors to appreci- ate a wide variety of trees and flowers in four seasons.

Honmaru Area

The wide expanse of lawn lies at the center of the Hon- maru Area. The remains of the main tower of the Edo castle, gardens of roses, bambooes, cherry blossoms, tea trees, orchards of classical species and others encircle the lawn.

Ninomaru Area

This area features a Japanese garden, woodland grove and trees representing Japan's 47 prefectures.

Sannomaru Area

This area features the Sannomaru Shozokan (The Museum of the Imperial Collections) and a resting place.

Guide map

  • 1Ote-mon(Gate)
  • 2San-no-maru Sho-zo-kan(The Museum of Imperial Collections)
  • 3Ote Rest House(with kiosk)
  • 4Doshin-bansho(Guardhoude)
  • 5Hyaku-nin-bansho(Guardhouse)
  • 6Honmaru Entrance
  • 7O-bansho(Guardhouse)
  • 8Fujimi-yagura(Mt.Fuji-view keep)
  • 9Chu-jaku-mon(Gate)
  • 10Orchard
  • 11Wild Grass Island
  • 12Honmaru O-shibafu(Lawn)
  • 13Site of the Matsu-no-o-roka(Corridor)
  • 14Tea Garden
  • 15Fujimi-tamon Defence House
  • 16Rose Garden
  • 17Ishi-muro(Stone Cellar)
  • 18Cherry Blossom Island
  • 19Bamboo Garden
  • 20Tenshu-dai(Base of the main tower)
  • 21Kita-hane-bashi-mon(Gate)
  • 22Toka-gakudo(Concert Hall)
  • 23Site of the O-oku
  • 24Honmaru Rest House(with kiosk)
  • 25Observation Point
  • 26Shiomi-zaka(Slope)
  • 27Music Department Building
  • 28Archives and Mausolea Department
  • 29Bairin-zaka(Slope)
  • 30Hirakawa-mon(Gate)
  • 31Ninomaru Rest House
  • 32Ninomaru Grove
  • 33Symbolic Prefectural Trees
  • 34Suwa-no-cha-ya
  • 35Ninomaru Garden
  • 36Iris Garden
  • 37New Wooded Area