Our Tokyo: Inui St Imperial Palace Experience


Once in a year, Inui St Imperial palace of Tokyo Japan is opening its gate to all those who want to take a glimpse of the beautiful view of sakura flower and had their eyes on the historical Palace. Many people are flocking to see the magnificent view of the castle. Imperial Palace is where the Primary residence of Emperor of Japan and the rest of the Imperial families, the main reason they need to close Inui street for most of the year. The Palace is like a large park area surrounded by massive stones with different kinds of beautiful trees in a vast, and the most famous bridge in Tokyo, Japan can see here.

For this year, Inui street, opened last March 30, 2019- April 7, 2019. Luckily, this year, the Inui street opening coincides with my families visit to Japan. It was April 2, 2019, when we had our eyes inside. You can enter the Imperial Palace for less than 20 minutes from Tokyo station, and the queue will start at Sakashita-mon Gate for entry.

Tokyo Japan Station
Tokyo – Japan Station. Imperial Palace is just 15 minutes walk from Tokyo station. This is the first time I saw the Tokyo Station and the numbers of people going in and out are so many by that time.

My family and I arrived at around 10 in the morning. Long lines and a considerable number of people surprised us, but fortunately for our part, we did not join the long lines because we have kids and a senior citizen on our group. Yes, kids and older adults are given priority lane to enter the Palace. When you reach the gate, you will see the pile of mobile security cars, medical aid cars, and a group of a police officer in every corner.

They will need to check your bags for security purposes and smooth visiting. For the expectation of the crowd, please take note of the following tips: Don’t wear high-heeled shoes as the walks to the Palace may take up to more than 1 hour. Bring a stroller for small kids or baby carrier, push wheeled-chair for an adult that cannot endure walking for an hour; don’t carry heavy luggage’s. Don’t make noise that can attract people’s attention; don’t do anything to delay the walk of other visitors and last but the most important; obey their security protocol. The following are some of the pictures we took inside the imperial Palace Inui Street:

the entrance to imperial Palace japan
The entrance to Imperial place but of course people weren’t allowed to enter.
Inui St., Imperial Palace japan
The Palace.
Signs in Imperial Palace
Signs are display everywhere to tell the visitors.
Guide Map in Inui st., Japan
Another guide for all the guests.
Sakura flower in Inui St. Japan
People taking advantage of sakura flower.
Exit gate  from Inui Street Japan
Tourist exiting Inui street Imperial Palace.
Garden at Imperial Palace
This is the last garden we visited.
Imperial Palace boating activity
We are able to visit Chidorigafuchi boat parking after we checked the Imperial Palace.

In general, we enjoyed the long walk, and we feasted our eyes to the beauty of cherry blossoms in every corner of the Palace. I recommend you to read on the history of the castle before you visit so you can also feel the enchanting beauty in it. This Palace is the right place to visit in the middle of Tokyo for people interested in history, culture, and beautiful nature other than shopping.

For those who want to check tourist activities and particular opening schedule of Inui street inside the Imperial Palace can head on their official websites, The Imperial Palace Agency. Most parts of the palace grounds are not open for the public except for the east garden which you can visit on selected days. Guide map is available also from their websites for a leisurely walk.