One of the best things about staying in the quiet neighborhood of Jimbocho is that it’s only a 20-30 minute walk away from the Imperial Palace. Miko would always jog around the area and I went him one morning. Shempre not to jog, but to feed my eyes with the sight and sounds of Chiyoda. :p
So while Miko was jogging, I walked and saw the following…
The National Archives of Japan Building which house the Japanese government documents and historical records and make them available to the public
Lots of locals jogging! Kaya naman ang papaya nila. Lakad na nga ng lakad, takbo pa ng takbo!
The East Gardens of The Imperial Palace was closed when I passed by. Too bad I was already back in Manila when I only found out that it’s closed Fridays, Sundays and holidays. They say it’s one of the top 5 most beautiful gardens in Japan.
Not really sure what this building is, but it’s pretty!
There are sculptures and other art along the path. I especially like this one of three naked guys. Hehe
Aaaaannnndddd… This was my workout. Intense, di ba? :D
These are more buildings around the area. They’re so fond of glass and stones…
And there are photo-worthy structures everywhere.
Here’s the National Theatre of Japan where they stage performances of traditional Japanese performing arts
I’m not a morning person at all, so walking around the palace at 9am was a challenge for me, but it was made better by the tree-lined streets and fresh air.
We finally reached the main entrance of the Imperial Palace. Unfortunately, the inner grounds are generally not open to the public. For guided tours, you have to reserve through the Imperial Household Agency. The tour of the palace grounds almost the whole year, although no buildings are entered. The tours are held in Japanese, and an English pamphlet and audio guide are provided. I recommend you make your reservation 2 months before your trip, because I tried to book a month before and no slots were available by then. :,(
Anyway, The Imperial palace if also called the Imperial Residence, where the Emperor of Japan lives. It’s a large park-like area that contains the main palace (Kyuden), the private residences of the Imperial Family, museums, and offices.
At least we got to see the Hirakawa-mon or the main gate,
the Ote-mon or literally, “Great Hand Gate”,
these lovely trees with a name that I do not know. Birch tree daw sabi ng Google?
And here are a lot of Sakura trees without blooms. Boooo.
And my favorite spot where we can see the palace stone bridge or the Seimon Ishibashi Bridge or Maganebashi, literally “Spectacle Bridge” because of its shape.
People usually call this Nijubashi meaning double bridge, but I’ve been told it’s the wrong term.
It’s relaxing to look at goose/geese in the boat paddling toward Tokyo’s most famous bridge.
There were a lot of tourists that day who most probably thought the same.
We saw a statue of Wake no Kiyomaro, a high-ranking official and a trusted advisor of Emeperor Kammu during the Nara period.
Picture-picture before heading back to our hotel.
// listening to someone playing the ukelele