Author: Julie Thompson | Last Updated: 25 Jan 2020
The seat of the Emperor of Japan moved from Kyoto to Tokyo in 1868. The construction of the new Imperial Palace in Tokyo was completed in 1888 on the location of Edo Castle, a large park with stone walls and a moat. The palace was destroyed during the Second World War and rebuilt in the original style. The moat and walls still stand today, cutting the Imperial Palace of from the rest of the city. The Imperial Park accompanying the Palace has several beautiful gardens and is surrounded by modern high rises, combining the old and new of Japan in one location. The Imperial Family actually lives in the Palace, and it only opens to the public twice a year; on January 2nd for the New Year and on the Emperors Birthday on the 23rd of February. Every other day, guided tours are available in English and Japanese, although they do not enter any of the buildings.
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