Fragglepuss Visits Japan: Tokyo Imperial Palace
By: John Fragglepuss Evans
I made it back to Japan! I had no choice but to go back after I enjoyed myself so much last year. I visited some new places this time around and am presenting this year’s list of recommendations.
If you want to see last year’s recommendations as well as others from this year, you can find them here
Tokyo Imperial Palace
The Imperial Palace is the primary residence of the Emperor of Japan. The park-like area contains buildings of the main palace, the private residences of the Imperial Family, an archive, museums, and administrative offices. The total area of the palace grounds is 1.15 square kilometers. It was fascinating to walk the palace grounds and see the historical area. I was surprised how often natural disasters had destroyed various parts of the palace. If it wasn’t an earthquake, it was a tsunami or fire.
The Imperial Gardens are breathtaking. I visited when the azalea was in full bloom and it was truly a sight to see. One thing that’s great about Japan though is that most of the year you can visit and something beautiful will be in bloom, from the cherry to the plum blossoms. There is a lot of ground to cover at the Imperial Palace, so make sure to have a decent amount of time to spend. When you get on the palace grounds you can sign in to the Wi-Fi and take a tour using your phone. We did it on our visit and I recommend it to everyone. You travel the palace grounds and it will give you a description and history of the areas you are passing.