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【Sakura】Like a botanical garden! / The Imperial Palace East Garden @TOKYO STATION


The early blooming cherry blossoms are past their best.

I will share about "Picnics around Yurakucho" this week.

This time I will share about HANAMI.

※This article is an English translation of an article posted in March 2019.
Read this article in Japanese / 日本語で読む



About The Imperial Palace East Garden

HANAMI means enjoying flowers in various seasons in Japan.

The most famous is cherry blossom viewing.



You can see various kinds of cherry blossoms and many other kinds of plants at the Imperial Palace East Gardens.

The place where Edo Castle was located is now a place of relaxation.

It is within walking distance from Tokyo Station, Otemachi Station and Takebashi Station.


Early-bloom cherry blossoms

Prunus × introtsa 'Introrsa'

This is Early-bloom cherry blossoms.

When I visited, the plum blossoms were in full bloom!

Yanagawashibori (plum flower)

Yanagawashibori (plum flower)

The contrast between the blue sky and flowers is beautiful!

Enjoy Sakura!


Garden information

The Imperial Palace East Garden

(As of October 2019)

 1-1 Chiyoda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo


    • 1 The Imperial Palace Higashi Gyoen is open to the public except for the following days. Admission is free.
      (1) Monday-Friday
      However, "holidays such as national holidays" other than Emperor's birthday will be released.

      In addition, when Monday is released on a holiday, Tuesday is closed.

      (2) From December 28 to January 3 of the following year
      (3) Day with obstacle for conduct of event, other compelling reasons

    • 2 The release time is as follows.
    • Period Open time
      March 1-April 14 9 am-4:30 pm (up until 4 pm for admission)
      April 15 to the end of August 9 am to 5 pm (Apr. until 4:30 pm for admission)
      September 1 to the end of October 9 am to 4:30 pm (up until 4 pm for admission)
      November 1 to the end of February 9 am to 4 pm (enrollment is until 3:30 pm)
    • 3 There are Otemon, Hirakawamon and Hokutobashimon. (When entering, please receive the admission ticket at each window, and return when leaving.) There is no parking lot at each gate.
    • 4 Please be sure to check the bulletin board at each entrance because there are prohibited items etc. when entering the park.

Cited from Tokyo Imperial Palace-Imperial Palace Office

 The Imperial Household Agency (English)

 Train (to Otemon gate)

Otemachi Station:2 minutes on foot from C13b Exit (Tokyo Metro:Chiyoda Line, Marunouchi Line, Hanzomon Line, Tozai line / Toei Subway:Mita Line)

Tokyo Station:12 minutes on foot from Kitanomaru North Exit (JR:Yamanote Line, Chuo Line, Yokosuka Line,etc / Tokyo Metro:Marunouchi Line)


Around Yurakucho


See you at the next picnic!