Tokyo Imperial Palace is popular as the residence of the Emperor of Japan. The park like area is situated in close proximity to Tokyo Station. Located in Chiyoda area of Tokyo, it is visited by several people throughout the year. It straddles at old Edo Castle’s site and covers an area of is 3.41 square kilometers (1.32 sq mi). The palace has many buildings including the main palace, an archive, administrative offices, museum and private residences of the imperial family.
- Public Visit
· Imperial Palace in Tokyo cannot be visited by common people. Public is allowed to visit only Imperial Household Agency and the East Gardens.
· On occasions like Emperor’s birthday and New Year, public can make entry via the Nakamon (inner gate). People are allowed to gather in the Kyuden Totei Plaza that is at Chowaden Hall’s front. The occasions are expounded by the appearance of imperial family on the balcony. The Emperor also delivers speech. He thanks and gives blessings to the crowd.
· The East Gardens in old Honmaru, Sannomaru and Ninomaru compounds can also be visited by public.
· Situated to the north is Kitanomaru Park. It is the Nippon Budokan Hall’s site and reckoned as a public park.
· If one treads towards the south, there are Imperial Palace’s outer gardens. These can also be visited by public.