The Imperial Palace in Tokyo is the main residence of the Emperor of Japan. It is located in a large park-like setting of about 3.5 square kilometres close to the Tokyo Station and contains several buildings including the main palace and the private residences of the Imperial family as well as the Imperial Household Agency.
Most of the structures of the Imperial Palace have been rebuilt after being destroyed in World War II. After the war the current Imperial Household Agency building was used as a temporary palace.
The current palace complex which consists of 7 main buildings and was completed in 1968 in a modernist style with Japanese architectural references such as the large gabled roof, columns and beams. The gardens surrounding the palace are beautiful and very sculptured and would be spectacular in Autumn.
Entrance for the tour
Fujimi- yagura keep - Mt Fuji could be seen from here when first built in 1457
Imperial Household Agency
Chowaden Hall - used for receptions
The main entrance to Chowadan Hall
Sculpture that represents a pine tree
Balcony for New Years Day and Emperor's Birthday greetings for the public in the courtyard
Shrubs clipped to form hills
Part of the 7 buildings making up the Imperial Palace
Fushimi - yagura Keep and Meganebashi Bridge
Lights on the Nijubashi Bridge