Meaning 'Eyeglass Bridge', this stone bridge from 1888, which can be viewed from the Kōkyo-gaien Plaza, is so nicknamed because its support arches reflected in the water create the appearance of spectacles. It's one of the most photographed images of the palace. Officially, it's the Imperial Palace Main Gate Stone Bridge (皇居正門石橋; Kōkyo Seimon Ishi-bashi).

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1. Nijū-bashi

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This metal bridge, built in 1888 and within the grounds of the Imperial Palace, was formerly a wooden bridge with two levels, from which its name (meaning…

2. Fushimi-yagura

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This keep, constructed in 1559, once stood on the grounds of Kyoto's since-destroyed Fushimi Castle. It was dismantled and reassembled at Edo-jō by…

3. Sakurada-mon

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Built in 1636 (and partially restored after the Great Kantō Earthquake in 1923), this is one of the Imperial Palace gates that was part of the original…

4. Kyūden

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These 1960s ferro-concrete buildings, done in Japanese modernist style, are home to Japan's emperor and family. The central building contains the throne…

5. Kōkyo-gaien Plaza

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This wide grassy expanse, in the southeast corner of Kōkyo-gaien, has roughly 2000 immaculately maintained Japanese black pine trees that were planted in…

6. Imperial Palace

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The Imperial Palace occupies the site of the original Edo-jō, the Tokugawa shogunate's castle. In its heyday this was the largest fortress in the world,…

7. Iwaida-bashi

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This bridge provides access to the south of the Kōkyo-gaien Plaza from Hibiya.

8. Kikyō-mon

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Kikyō-mon is one of the main original gates to Edo-jō. This is the departure point for official tours of parts of the Imperial Palace grounds.