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3 Ninomaru and San-nomaru

⑧ Ninomaru Garden

Ninomaru and San-nomaru of Edo Castle served as the residences for the heir-apparent and the retired shogun. Ninomaru was completed in 1636 with a garden designed by KOBORI Enshu, the famed landscape architect of the 17th century, but Ninomaru was burned down in 1867, and left devastated for a long time.

In 1960, the cabinet decision authorized the project that a part of Honmaru, Ninomaru and San-nomaru of the former Edo Castle were renovated to the East Gardens of the Imperial Palace.

Ninomaru Garden was reconstructed to the strolling style garden based on the illustrated diagram planned under the ninth shogun TOKUGAWA Ieshige.

Today's visitors can enjoy viewing a wide variety of trees, plants and flowers throughout the year.


Current Ninomaru Garden


Ninomaru pond,1871 'Ninomaru Ike Zu'
National Important Cultural Property "Photograph Album of the Former Edo Castle"

⑨ Sakurada-niju-yagura


Current Sakurada-niju-yagura

This is also called Sakurada-tatsumi-yagura which was stored guns, bows, long spears, artillery and so on.

Originally, there were more than 20 yagura in Edo Castle, but only the three of them, Fujimi-yagura, Fushimi-yagura as well as Sakurada-niju-yagura, remain to this day.

Opening times of the East Gardens of the Imperial Palace

Open :
From March 1 to April 14 / 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (entry up to 4:00 p.m.)
From April 15 to the end of August / 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (entry up to 4:30 p.m.)
From September 1 to the end of October / 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (entry up to 4:00 p.m.)
From November 1 to the end of February / 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (entry up to 3:30 p.m.)
Closed :
The Garden is closed on the following days and occasions.
Every Monday and Friday (open on National Holiday except the Emperor's Birthday, December 23)
In the event that a National Holiday falls on a Monday, the Garden will be closed on the Tuesday immediately following the National Holiday.
From December 28 to January 3
In circumstances where it is deemed necessary to close the Garden due to Imperial Court functions or other occasions.
Entrance and exit gates :
(Free of charge)
Ote-mon Gate, Hirakawa-mon Gate and Kitahanebashi-mon Gate.

∗ All of old photograghs are possessed by Tokyo National Museum.
∗ These photographs in the East Gardens of the Imperial Palace were taken with permission of the Imperial Household Ageney.