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Imperial Palace Gardens

Immaculately manicured, the Imperial Palace Gardens house Edo castle’s ruined keep, and are a wonderfully calm place within the hustle and bustle of the capital. The Japanese style gardens provide a wonderful taste of what the county has to offer. *Though the Imperial Palace East Gardens are open to the public, special permission is required…

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Katsura Villa

One of Japan’s most important cultural treasures, the Katsura Imperial Villa is considered to be one of the greatest examples of classical Japanese architecture, and its minimalist designs have inspired many Western architects. Completed in 1631, the Palace lies in Kyoto’s western suburbs, and the gardens are a masterpiece of traditional garden design. Today, the…

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The Palace Hotel Tokyo

The Palace Hotel enjoys one of Tokyo’s most prestigious addresses, right next to the central Imperial Palace. This might be one of the most recent luxury hotels to open in Tokyo, but it has a long history; initially founded in 1947, the hotel reopened in May 2012 after a complete refurbishment taking three years. The…

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