Visit the remains of Edo-jo Castle and Taste Matcha!

Overview

Join our tour of the East Gardens of Tokyo's Imperial Palace and try Japanese matcha (powdered green tea) with some sweets!

Highlights

  • Visit the area next to where the Japanese Emperor and Empress live
  • You will be impressed by the contrast between the historic atmosphere and the modern buildings
  • You can enjoy not only the remains of the Edo Castle but also a stroll around the traditional Japanese garden
  • You can taste Japanese matcha and learn the manner of performing a Japanese tea ceremony

Key Information

Important Information

Advance booking is necessary. Last-minute and short-notice bookings will not be accepted.

Description

The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace used to be Edo Castle of the Tokugawa Shogunate during the Edo period. The Edo period started in 1603 when Ieyasu Tokugawa established the Edo government in Edo (now Tokyo) and continued until 1868 when the Tokugawa Shogunate returned the political power to the Imperial court. Then Edo Castle became the Imperial Palace. The East Gardens, which are part of the Imperial Palace, were opened to the public in 1968. Old buildings and stone walls still remain as they were, even though large parts of the old castle have been destroyed. If you are interested in Japanese history and culture, would you like to enjoy and immerse yourself in the samurai world of the Edo period? After walking in the Imperial Palace's East Gardens, we go to Toko-an where you can enjoy tasting Japanese matcha, powdered green tea, under the guidance of a professional instructor. Note: The tour is only held on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday.

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