A long view through the Edo Castle

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The Edo castle is also called as ‘Kooky Palace’ was built in the year 1457 by Ota Dolan in Mustache Province. It is constructed with granite stone, earthwork and wood. The Edo castle has underwent a reconstruction work in 2004 under the guidance of Edo–hi Saujebn Wo Mezasu Kui. This castle was known as the home castle of Tokugawa shoguns ran by the Edo government. Later, it came to be known as the Imperial palace of Tokyo. It is currently the Imperial Palace of the Emperor of Japan.

See also : Tale to city's history Edo - City Museum

The castle donjon with a five-tiered facade was an enormously high building with a stone wall measuring 51.5 m from ground level. This was destroyed, however, in the great fire of 1657. The main gate to Edo Castle, Ote-mon, also still survives along with the stone foundations of the original donjon. Hirakawa-mon also survives and was the main gate to the Sannomaru (the third bailey) of Edo Castle.

Opening hours:
Opens from 09:00 hours. Closes between 16:00 and 17:00 hours depending on the season.
It remains closed on Mondays and Fridays except when Monday is a national holiday, in which case it's closed on Tuesday.
Also closed 12/28-1/3 and irregularly for other events.

Admission Fee: Free

Address: Japan 100-8111, Japan, Tokyo, Chiyoda, Chiyoda 1-1

How to reach: The nearest metro station is Nijubashimae Station serving on the Chiyoda Line of the Tokyo subway system which is just a 15 minutes’ walk from the castle.

Contact: +81 3-3213-1111"

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