Name: Imperial Palace + Kitanomaru Park
Kind: Castle + Park
Free Wifi: Yes
Location: 35°41’31.72″ N 139°45’03.45″ E
Our Rating: ⭑⭑⭑⭑
Worth it? A must-see.
Just north of the Imperial Palace is a huge park called Kitanomaru Park.
The Imperial Moat runs along the west side. If you head northwest or further west and down south a bit, you’ll arrive at the fabulous Akasaka. Just across the street to the south before the Imperial Palace is the Imperial Guard Division HQ. Just east of that is the Japan National Archives. Just across east of that on Uchibori-Dori is the Parkside Building, which is down into Otemachi.
There are also 2 large car parking lots.
Uchibori-Dori, facing west. The entrance to the Imperial Palace is on the left, the Parkside Bldg. on the right. Kitanomaru Park is ahead up the street on the right.
To get to the park, take the Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line or Tokyo Metro Tozai Line, and exit Kudanshita Station. You can also take Toei Shinjuku Line. Get off at Kudanshita Station around 35°41’44.45″ N 139°45’05.70″ E. Head west down the street, then south in the next block.
Entrance is free and is easiet on the south side of the street at the Tayasumon Gate near the Imperial Palace from the main street. There’s a small bridge to cross the moat into the park. You’ll be right at Nippon Budokan so head southwest around the walkway and further south into the park.
Inside the park there are 2 great museums: National Museum of Modern Art and the Science Museum. The Science Museum is way out on the southeast side.
There are also a few other small things to do, and shops including an ice cream place and a few small other food shops.
The leaves in the fall are spectacular.
If you’re in central Tokyo, you don’t want to miss it.