This side gate to the San-no-maru (third compound) of the castle was used mainly by maidservants.

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1. Tōkagakudō Concert Hall

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Built in 1966 for the 60th birthday of Empress Kojun, this concert hall inside the Imperial Palace East Garden has a petal-shaped roof and outer scalloped…

2. Tenshudai

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Near the north exit of the Imperial Palace East Garden, all that remains of the main keep (donjon) of Edo-jō is its sloping stone base, which you can…

3. National Museum of Modern Art (MOMAT)

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Regularly changing displays from the museum's superb collection of more than 12,000 works are shown over floors 2 to 4; special exhibitions are mounted on…

4. Museum of Imperial Collections

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This small museum inside the Imperial Palace East Garden hosts changing exhibitions drawn from the 9500-plus artworks owned by the imperial family.

5. Kitahanebashi-mon

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Meaning 'northern drawbridge gate' this was the principal entrance to the north side of Edo-jō and now provides access to the Imperial Palace East Garden…

6. Imperial Palace East Garden

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Crafted from part of the original castle compound, these lovely free gardens allow you to get close-up views of the massive stones used to build the…

7. Ōte-mon

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Ōte-mon, meaning 'great hand gate', was the main entrance to Edo-jō and would have had a guard of 120 men. It is now the main gate to the Imperial Palace…

8. Science Museum, Tokyo

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Featuring a wide selection of exhibits aimed primarily at children and teenagers, the Science Museum has little in the way of English explanations, but…