Kokyo Gaien National Garden

A Park Boasting the Beautiful Contrast of City Buildings and Nature

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Park

This park is located in the area outside the Main Gate to Japan’s Imperial Palace. At the center is the Garden Plaza, where green lawns are dotted with about 2,000 black Kuromatsu pine trees.
From the Gaien (“Outer Garden” in Japanese), take in views of Nijubashi, a bridge of historical value. In addition, there are many other sights to see in these gardens, such as Sakurada-mon, a gate designated as an Important Cultural Asset of Japan. There is also an impressive statue of the samurai Kusunoki Masashige in this park.
In the moat surrounding the Imperial Palace, graceful swans can be seen swimming, and in the winter, many migratory birds fly in for a visit.
Within the grounds, there is Wadakura Fountain Park. Outfitted with a fountain and a 30-meter-wide waterfall, it is known as an oasis in the city.

Highlights

  • Enjoy the nature of all four seasons in the middle of Tokyo
  • Observe historical structures situated in the gardens
  • The contrast of nature with urban office buildings is beautiful
  • Jogging is popular along the 5 km path around the Imperial Palace

Photos

  • Nijubashi Bridge
  • Kokyo Gaien National Garden
  • Statue of Kusunoki Masashige
  • Sakurada-mon Gate
  • Spring Sakura Cherry Trees
  • Wadakura Fountain Park

Reviews

  • 王文瑞

    整個區感覺非常莊嚴肅穆,可惜皇居不能入內參觀

  • 林小萱

    廣大的草坪種植了非常多的黑松,和周邊的大樓對比產生相當大的落差,好像沙漠中的一片綠洲的感覺

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Basic Information

Name in Japanese
皇居外苑
Postal Code
100-0002
Address
Kokyogaien, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Telephone
03-3231-5509
Admission
Free
Hours
Open every day
*Entrance may be restricted for national events.
Access
1) About 2 minutes on foot from Exits 2 or B6 of Nijubashimae Station on the Tokyo Metro Chiyoda line
2) About 10 minutes on foot from Tokyo Station on the JR Chuo or Yamanote lines
Official Website
Official Website (Japanese)