This is the third of the six articles about Edo Castle.
In this entry, about the east garden of the Imperial Palace will be described.

Kokyo Higashi-Gyeon

Kokyo Higashi-Gyeon (皇居東御苑), or the East Garden of the Imperial Palace, used to be the very core part of Edo Castle. Unfortunately, most of the buildings are now lost and what remains are only peripheral buildings.

Tatsumi Yagura on Kikyo-bori Moat
Edojo
Otemon Gate (east side)
Edojo
Otemon Gate (inside)
Edojo

If you go through the Otemon Gate, there is also a small museum called Sannomaru Shozo-kan which houses arts which were once possessed privately by the Imperial family but now belong to the state.

Ote-bori Moat
Edo Castle
Hirakawamon Gate (north side)
Edo Castle
Hirakawamon Gate (inside)
Edo Castle
Hirakawamon Gate (south side)
Edo Castle
Tenjin-bori Moat
Edo-jo
Shimizu-bori Moat
Edo-jo
Hirakawa-bori Moat
Edo-jo
Hirakawa-bori Moat
Edo-jo
Kitahanebashimon Gate
Edo-jo
Inui-bori Moat
Higashi Gyoen
Higashi-Gyoen from a hotel window
Higashi Gyoen
Doshin-bansho Guardhouse
Higashi Gyoen
Hyakunin-bansho Guardhouse
Higashi Gyoen
Ruins of Nakanomon Gate
Higashi Gyoen
Oh-bansho Guardhouse
Higashi-Gyoen
Ruins of Chujakumon Gate
Higashi-Gyoen
Fujimi Yagura (back side)
Higashi-Gyoen
Honmaru Hiroba
Higashi-Gyoen
Fujimi-tamon (back side)
Higashi-Gyoen
Foundations of Tenshu-kaku (keep)
Edojo
Model of Daijogu palace displayed in Honmaru Resthouse
Edojo

Daijogu is a temporary palace built and used only for a ceremony called Daijo-sai (the Great Thanksgiving Festival) which last for several days. Daijo-sai is one of the ceremonies conducted when the enthronement of an emperor takes place. When this ceremony ends, Daijogu gets destroyed at once. This ritual had been conducted in Kyoto even after the Imperial family moved to Tokyo but when the present emperor got enthroned, it was done here for the first time.

Sight of Ninomaru seen from Honmaru
Edojo
Ruins of Shiomizakamon Gate
Edo Castle
Shiratori-bori Moat
Edo Castle
Bairin-zaka Slope
Edo Castle
Ninomaru Garden
Edo Castle
Suwa no Chaya Tea House
Edo Castle

Kokyo Higashi-Gyoen
Hours 9AM-5PM (-4:30PM Mar 1-Apr14 & Sep-Oct, -4PM Nov-Feb); admission free; closed Mon(next day instead if holiday), Fri (open if holiday), Dec 23, Dec 28-Jan 3
Chiyoda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

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