The Imperial Palace East Gardens (皇居東御苑, Kōkyo Higashi Gyoen) are a part of the inner palace area and are open to the public. They are the former site of Edo Castle’s innermost circles of defense, the honmaru (“main circle”) and ninomaru (“secondary circle”). None of the main buildings remain today, but the moats, walls, entrance gates and several guardhouses still exist.
There are a number of grounds and gardens which make up the Imperial Palace precinct. With limited time we were only able to see just a small fraction of the area.
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The gardens are spectacular and I can only image what it would look like in autumn. We were there in early spring, the flowers had not yet sprung. The translucent greens in the delicate foliage was divine with an almost inner glow.
Imperial Palace Gardens
My youngest daughter and I had a lovely time wandering the paths amidst the play of wonderful light washing through those fantastic green leaves.
Alas time was short and it was time to leave this special place.