Higashi Gyoen Garden (The Imperial Palace East Garden) is the only quarter of the Imperial Palace proper that is open to the public.
The 53-acre classical garden was once the heart of Edo Castle, including the site where the castle's Tenshu-kaku donjon stood.
Visitors can enter the garden from three gates, which also used to be the gates of the castle.
Ote-mon Gate located near Otemachi subway station is one of them and was formerly the principal gate of the castle.
The garden features some 250,000 trees including representative prefectural trees, a small museum, several historical monuments and a small Japanese-style garden.
- 9:00 - 16:00
- 9:00 - 15:30 (November - February)
- Mondays and Fridays (or the following day when it falls on a national holiday)
Access / Public Transport
- Short walk from Otemachi Station on the Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line (C11), Marunouchi Line (M18), Tozai Line (T09), Hanzomon Line (Z08), or Toei Mita Line (I09)
- Short walk from Takebashi Station on the Tokyo Metro Tozai Line (T08)