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Tokyo Imperial Palace
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Tokyo Imperial Palace showing a lake or waterhole and a garden

Dating back to the seventeenth century, this impressive seat of power lies at the centre of Tokyo amid gardens and splendid architecture.

When the Japanese government dissolved the Empire of Japan in the mid twentieth-century, the Emperor became the symbolic head of the country. Today the Japanese Imperial family lives in the beautiful Tokyo Imperial Palace complex. At this symbolic seat of global power, gardens, residences, imperial administration buildings, and stunning architecture spread over an area of over 3 kilometres.

First occupied by the ruling powers of Tokyo, then called ‘Edo’, the ‘shoguns’ (rulers) lived in a castle on the present site of the Imperial Palace from the early seventeenth century to the late nineteenth. The Emperor of Japan in 1867 moved the capital from Kyoto to Tokyo and the country’s ruling family has lived here ever since. Despite fires, earthquakes and wars, the site of the palace has been maintained and the buildings always reconstructed.

Relics of the past still remain throughout the complex. Stone walls, towers and the double-arched Nijubashi bridges crossing the moat from the outer to the inner palace grounds hail back to a time when the Emperor and his family were protected by moats and ramparts here.

The gardens around the Tokyo Imperial Palace offer verdant tranquillity. Wander among the traditional Japanese gardens, green spaces and ponds. In the Imperial Palace East Garden, you’ll also find the octahedral Tokagakudo (Peach Blossom Music Hall) built in 1966 and a range of art and craft museums.

As the symbolic heart of Japan, the buildings at Tokyo Imperial Palace preserve and maintain the country’s most important traditions and culture. Both martial arts and the military past are honoured here; at Yasakuni Shrine, commemorating those who died in service to the empire, and the world-famous Nippon Budokan, an arena for many martial arts conferences. But in true Japanese style, the past is not to be segregated from the future. So the Budokan is not only a martial arts arena, but has been a renowned stage for music performances ever since the Beatles wowed audiences in 1966.

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The Royal Park Hotel Iconic Tokyo Shiodome
The Royal Park Hotel Iconic Tokyo Shiodome
4 out of 5
1-6-3 Higashi-Shimbashi, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo
The price is NZ$107 per night from 15 Apr. to 16 Apr.

Located in Shiodome, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Ginza Wako Building, Kabuki-za Theatre and Zojoji Temple. Tokyo Tower and Hibiya Park are also within ...

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KOKO HOTEL Ginza 1chome
KOKO HOTEL Ginza 1chome
2.5 out of 5
1-9-5, Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo
The price is NZ$57 per night from 5 May to 6 May

Located in Ginza, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Mitsukoshi and Kabuki-za Theatre. Tokyo International Forum and Ginza Six are also within 15 minutes. ...

4.3/5Excellent! (104 reviews)

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Reviewed on 19 Mar. 2021

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The Peninsula Tokyo
The Peninsula Tokyo
5 out of 5
1-8-1 Yuraku-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo-to
The price is NZ$510 per night from 27 Apr. to 28 Apr.

Located in Yurakucho, this luxury hotel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Tokyo Imperial Palace and 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Tokyo Tower. Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden and ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (758 reviews)

"Fabulous experience, extremely nice staff, Tokyo people are amazing and numerous!! Amazing city, many options, this hotel get access to the subway and is a plus!!"…"

Reviewed on 25 Jun. 2020

The Peninsula Tokyo
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The Royal Park Hotel Iconic Tokyo Shiodome
The Royal Park Hotel Iconic Tokyo Shiodome
4 out of 5
1-6-3 Higashi-Shimbashi, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo
The price is NZ$107 per night from 15 Apr. to 16 Apr.
The Royal Park Hotel Iconic Tokyo Shiodome
KOKO HOTEL Ginza 1chome
KOKO HOTEL Ginza 1chome
2.5 out of 5
1-9-5, Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo
The price is NZ$57 per night from 5 May to 6 May
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The Peninsula Tokyo
The Peninsula Tokyo
5 out of 5
1-8-1 Yuraku-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo-to
The price is NZ$510 per night from 27 Apr. to 28 Apr.
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Palace Hotel Tokyo
Palace Hotel Tokyo
5 out of 5
1-1-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda, Tokyo, Tokyo-to
The price is NZ$708 per night from 27 Apr. to 28 Apr.
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Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Otemachi
Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Otemachi
5 out of 5
1-2-1 Otemachi, Tokyo, Tokyo
The price is NZ$592 per night from 13 May to 14 May
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The Tokyo Station Hotel
The Tokyo Station Hotel
4.5 out of 5
1-9-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo-to
The price is NZ$684 per night from 9 May to 10 May
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Ascott Marunouchi Tokyo
Ascott Marunouchi Tokyo
4.5 out of 5
1-1-1 Otemachi, Chiyodaku, Tokyo
The price is NZ$390 per night from 7 May to 8 May
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Hotel Monterey Hanzomon
Hotel Monterey Hanzomon
3.5 out of 5
23-1 Ichiban-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo-to
The price is NZ$81 per night from 14 May to 15 May
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Imperial Hotel
Imperial Hotel
5 out of 5
1-1-1 Uchisaiwaicho Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo-to
The price is NZ$613 per night from 27 Apr. to 28 Apr.
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