A Glimpse of Tokyo Imperial Palace from Nijubashi Bridge

A Glimpse of the Imperial Palace

A Glimpse of Tokyo Imperial Palace from Nijubashi Bridge

Day 2 in Japan and off to the Imperial Palace. The public can view Tokyos Imperial palace from Kokyo Gaien, the large plaza in front of the Imperial Palace. Also in view is the Nijubashi, two bridges that form an entrance to the inner palace grounds. I would have loved to actually gone inside but it’s only open to general public on certain days and then you have to book well in advance online via the government website. The Imperial Palace (皇居, Kōkyo) is located on the former site of Edo Castle, a large park area surrounded by moats and massive stone walls in the center of Tokyo, a short walk from Tokyo Station. It is the residence of Japan’s Imperial Family.

The stone bridge in front is called Meganebashi (Eyeglass Bridge) for its looks. The bridge in the back was formerly a wooden bridge with two levels, from which the name Nijubashi (Double Bridge) is derived. For more details on the Imperial Palace see the Japan Guide page here.


The central Moat surrounding the palace is amazing to look at. It’s possible to walk all away around the Palace following the moat if you have enough time. If you do you’ll see plenty of joggers of all ages.

The moat, guard tower and wall surrounding the palace.

The outer moat surrounding the castle which is some way out.



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