We tried to visit the Imperial Garden on Wednesday, but it was closed, so back again on Thursday. I wanted to see the Imperial Palace, but it was not there, it was just the Gardens. The Imperial East Gardens are the former site of Edo Castle’s innermost circles of defense. None of the main buildings remain today, but the moats, walls, entrance gates and several guardhouses still exist, which was really enough – it was peaceful, in the middle of the city, large enough to have plenty of time for us to be alone while walking thru most of the garden. Check out this map.
I could not help but to feel I was walking where royalty walked, touching the same trees, stone walls and enjoying the same incredible peaceful walk through these amazing gardens.