Imperial Palace East Gardens (皇居東御苑) – Tokyo, Japan

The third day of our trip to mainland Japan started with lots and lots of rain. I forgot to bring an umbrella with me, so we had to wait until the Navy Exchange in our hotel opened. After, we made our way to the Imperial Palace, we had planned to visit the day before but a closed gate awaited us after our train ride to Chiyoda. It was the perfect day for a stroll around the gardens, it was chilly, foggy and rainy. We were also very disappointed that we couldn’t see the actual Palace, but we had fun walking around and snapping pics. My favorite part were the leaves showing off their gorgeous shades of autumn. 














Q: Have you ever visited the Imperial Palace Gardens in Tokyo? If not, is it in your bucket list?!

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Hi! I'm Laura, the girl behind Little Island Takara. I am a military wife and American expat living in Okinawa, Japan! Most days you will find me reading books, wondering what cafe to go to next or daydreaming of my next adventure.

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  • Arrrgh, I've always wanted to go to mainland Japan. Out of all the years
    I've lived in Okinawa, never have I gone once :'( That first photo you
    posted though, soooooo pretty!

  • Lovely pics Laura. It almost looks like it's still autumn with all the colourful leaves.
    Claire xx
    somewhere… beyond the sea

  • Andrea Ostler Castro

    your outfit is so cute! love the pics. tokyo is a sweet city.

  • Looks like a great day- it's so beautiful there!

  • We're coat buddies haha! The palace looks even more gorgeous with the autumn leaves. I really want it to be autumn again. I'm so happy you got to see them!

  • All these lovely photos are making me wish it was autumn again! I love the way all the trees turn beautiful colours in Japan. Unfortunatley I didn`t have time for the Imperial palace gardens when I visted Tokyo, next time!

  • Wow, such pretty pictures and lots of color!!! 🙂