Tokyo, Japan — There are many places across Japan where you can cherish cherry blossom season, but the Tokyo Imperial Palace and the adjacent East Gardens are arguably two of the best.

While you are not able to officially tour the inside of the Imperial Palace, as it is only open to the public on Dec. 23 and Jan. 2, the grounds still offer plenty to see. On the day I visited, March 25, cherry blossoms were starting to reach or were already at their peak. There was no admission fee to enter the grounds, and my walkthrough — which included multiple stops to take photos — took no longer than 30 minutes.

Once outside the grounds, you can visit the East Gardens. If you are with a group or family, it is a wonderful place to have a picnic or simply relax, so consider bringing snacks and beverages.

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Without further ado, here are photos from the grounds of the Tokyo Imperial Palace and the East Gardens:

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Which photo is your favorite? Have you visited Tokyo Imperial Palace Grounds? Tell me in the comment section below.

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