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Imperial Palace (皇居) in Japan | Traditional place in the middle of modern city

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Imperial Palace (皇居) is located near Tokyo Station, center Tokyo, but it’s very quiet and huge.

 

We live in Tokyo for more than 30 years but we have not visited the Imperial Palace before…

May
May
It was a nice sunny day so after breakfast I went there with my husband just for walking around.

The ground is covered with small stones.

 

The Imperial Palace is very traditional, but there are many skyscrapers surrounding it🏙

Modern Tokyo skyscrapers beyond the traditional wooden gate.

 

There is a famous bridge there (Nijubashi, “二重橋”).

May
May
It was so beautiful!! Many people were taking photoes.
Noah
Noah
The photo looks like a painting!!

 

The building was reflected on the water surface🏯

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There is a statue of Mr. Masashige Kusunoki, a brave samurai (武士) fought for an emperor in 1300s⚔

You can learn his history on this website.

 

May
May
This year will be very special because the prince is going to become the new emperor in spring, 2019.

 

That means that the current emperor will be stepping down in a few months.

Japanese people truly love him so this new year, many people went to the Imperial Palace to see him.

Japan’s Emperor Akihito Greets Well-Wishers at the Last New Year’s Appearance of His Reign

 

If you have a chance this year, please visit the Imperial Palace.

That’s gonna be a special experience for you.

 

You can walk to Ginza from the Imperial Palace.

It would take only 15 – 20 mins.

 

May
May
There was a nice Thai place in Ginza area, so we had lunch there❗️
Noah
Noah
That seems delicious!!
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