Tokyo’s Imperial Palace is the residence of the Emperor of Japan. While the Palace itself is closed to the public, the Gardens (more specifically, the East Garden) is open to the public and well worth a visit.
The Palace grounds are located conveniently within walking distance from Tokyo Station, which in itself is also a sight worth checking out.
You are welcomed by a lovely park with the Tokyo skyline in the background before entering the Palace Garden premises.
The premises are sorrounded by moats. Inside, a large complex containing multiple sections awaits you.
Once again, I’ll just let the pictures speak for themselves. I am by no means an expert on the subject, but I do know that Japanese gardens are meticulously planned and designed much in the way that ‘traditional’ architecture is, and it really shows here. The complex is vast, full of very different environments, and entrance is free. So really, there’s no excuse not to stop by.