#174 Tokyo Imperial Palace

The Imperial Palace is home to the Emperor of Japan and the royal family.

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It’s called the ‘皇居’/’koukyo’ which just means ‘imperial residence’

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It’s surrounded by moats and security but two days a year it’s open and you can see the royal family from their balcony:
2nd of January for new year and December 23rd for the Emperor’s birthday.

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It was actually destroyed in world war two and then reconstructed, like many of Japan’s famous buildings.

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It’s in a very central location; only a short walk from Tokyo station.

It’s also a really popular running course, as the outside of the palace makes a clean 5km loop.

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