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  • Hello, I'm Andrew Marston, and welcome to Tour Japan, the show where I tell you about a place in Japan and then we go there.

  • Today, we're headed to the Tokyo Imperial Palace.

  • This is where the Emperor of Japan and his family currently reside, and the site of former Edo Castle, which is why you'll see turrets and castle-like structures all over the place.

  • Because it used to be a castle.

  • Now, to answer the most common question about visiting the Imperial Palace, most likely you won't be able to see the Emperor.

  • I'm sorry.

  • He only makes public appearances on his birthday and New Year's Day.

  • So, if your bucket list includes high-fiving the Emperor of Japan, you're going to have to schedule a trip on one of those two days.

  • And even then, it'll probably be an air high-five.

  • The Imperial Palace is located only about five-minutes walk from Tokyo Station.

  • The extensive grounds are completely free to visit, and include worthwhile attractions like...

  • The famous Nijubashi Bridge.

  • The statue of the legendary samurai Nanko.

  • There's the Japanese-style Ninomaru Garden.

  • And in the north, there's Kitanomaru Park.

  • If you're interested in seeing the Imperial Palace up close or walking on the Nijubashi Bridge itself, then you'll need to a reserve a spot online on one of the free private tours, which I'll link to in the description below.

  • For its history, its prestigious residents, its easy access, this is one of the most popular tourist spots in all of Japan.

  • So, let's head there and see what it's like for ourselves.

  • I hope you feel a little more informed about the Tokyo Imperial Palace and what it's like to visit.

  • If you've been to the Imperial Palace, definitely leave your advice or recommendations in the comments for those who might be planning a trip there as well as where in Japan you'd like to see another episode of Tour Japan filmed.

  • Thanks for watching.

  • I'm Andrew Marston.

  • See you next time.

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