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The Imperial Palace is undoubtedly one of the most famous historical sites in the vibrant city of Tokyo. Home to the royal figures of the Emperor and Empress of Japan, the palace stands picturesquely in a lush natural setting at the heart of the bustling Tokyo city. The palace grounds are surrounded on all sides by a large water moat whilst the building itself is surrounded by verdant trees and blossoming flowers.
Exuding an aura of serenity and dignity, the Imperial Palace covers an area of 7.41 kilometres. The site has a rich historical background as it was once known as the Edo Castle. In 1868, it officially became the Imperial Palace as Japan’s royal family moved in. However, the palace was burnt down in a fire in 1973 but was rebuilt in 1888. Much of the building was again destroyed during a bombing raid by the Allied Forces in World War II. The Imperial Palace that stands today in Tokyo is the reconstructed buildings after the World War II attack.
There are 2 popular bridges that are part of the Imperial Palace which are worth a look. One of them is known as the Meganebashi Bridge, which when translated means ‘eye glasses bridge’, due to its unique appearance. This stone bridge is found at the front of the palace. The Nijubashi Bridge, which means double bridge, is also an extremely scenic spot. It is referred to as double bridge because of its double reflection in the waters that surround it. The gardens of the Imperial Palace are breathtakingly beautiful with colourful blooms and lush trees. Some areas of the gardens are open for public visitation.
Those who are looking to enjoy a memorable holiday in this exciting city can stay in modern and comfortable accommodation such as those provided by Citadines Shinjuku Tokyo. This popular apartment hotel in Tokyo offers guests the ideal base for business and leisure within the heart of the city.