Tokyo has many gardens, botanical exhibits, and parks. I had no idea there were so many green places in the city!
The most famous, of course, are the Imperial gardens by the Imperial Palace in downtown Tokyo. (Note: While you can visit the Imperial Palace, reservations must be made at least four days in advance. And they have a weird schedule. We weren’t able to go because they don’t give tours in afternoons in August).
Although the emperor still lives in the palace, the gardens are free and open to the public. While they are loveliest in spring during the cherry blossom season, it was nice to see wide, green spaces and trees surrounding medieval moats.
Built on the old Edo castle, the gardens were once considered some of the most expensive real estate in the world (circa 1980s).
Between the East Gardens, peeking through the trees to get a view of the palace, strolling through the National Archives, and exploring the Science Museum, this part of Tokyo took up most of our day. I also got a sunburn.
A famous watchtower–all we could see of the Imperial Palace.
The gardens host various types of fruit trees, irises, and cherry trees. It’s a great place to enjoy good weather and take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city.