The Edo castle stands as a symbol of the artistic Japanese history and makes one of the most visited attractions in the country. It is gastronomic in size and intense in history. Once you step inside you will be captivated by the exquisite traditions and tales that makes this exotic nation. Today the Edo castle is known as the Imperial Palace as it houses the Emperor of Japan.
The Edo Castle was first built in the year 1457 by the Daimyo Ota Dokan who was a well known poet at the time. His design is just as artistic as the poetry he recited and he made about a structure that echoed the ambience of serenity. The Edo Castle at one time was the residence of the Tokugawa shoguns who ruled Japan for over 250 years and over the years it became the symbol of the shogun prestige. The entire structure has a powerful majesty about it. It is massive; just the inner compound itself covers an area of 8km whereas the outer compound stretches up to 16km. Much of the glory of the Edo castle built at the time was destroyed with the fire of 1657. This included a massive stone wall that towered at a height of 51 meters from the ground. Even World War II had left most of the palace severely destroyed but through the years it rose from the ashes and throughout the large and exotic gardens that make up the courtyard, some of the remnants in its original glory can still be admired. The Castle has several attractions and architectural feats throughout the compound. It is not open to public except on special days such as the 2nd of January and the Emperor’s Birthday that falls on 23rd December. On other days guided tours are available in both Japanese and English which must be booked and reserved well in advance.
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