East Gardens of the Imperial Palace Tour

The tour course starts at Tokyo station, walking through the business district in Marunouchi and then to the East Gardens of the Imperial Palace.

Tokugawa Ieyasu unified Japan about 400 yeas ago and established the Edo feudal government. Since then, Edo (Tokyo was called Edo then) built its own culture unique to Japan under the national isolation policy, which means to break off relations with other countries.

Then came the rapid turnabout of the Meiji Restoration 150 years ago. The Emperor moved from Kyoto to the Imperial Palace in Edo. Foreign cultures came fast and furious. Edo is now Tokyo and has become one of the most prominent cities in the world.

We would like you to focus on the history of continuous change Tokyo went through in 400 years: the business district in Marunouchi which is the symbol of modern Japan, the historical buildings of Meiji and Taisho era in the early 1900s, and the site of Edo Castle, which was the headquarters of the feudal government in the Edo era of the Tokugawa Shogun.