The Imperial Palace

The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace

Photo Description
(The Suwanochaya)
(Photo: Imperial Household Agency)

The building of the garden adjacent to the Imperial Residence began in 1961 as a part of the construction of the Imperial Palace complex in accordance with the cabinet decision of 29 January 1960. The 210,000 square metres garden was completed in September 1968, and has been open to the public since 1 October of the same year, except when it is used for court functions. The Toukagakudo (Imperial Concert Hall) and Sannomaru Shozokan (Museum of the Imperial Collections), as well as buildings housing the Imperial Household Agency's Music, Archives and Mausolea departments, are located within this garden.