(皇居, Kōkyo) Walk to the Imperial Palace and around, Tokyo Japan

If you know Tokyo very well it might be fun to try walking around using google maps instead of riding the trains. Yes you can say that trains are more convenient and you can call me crazy, but lately all I have been doing is walking to places. From our place in Shinjuku-ku to the Imperial palace or from here to Shinjuku, Ikebukuro and even all the way to Ueno. For a girl who was raised in a car society (Manila), I really enjoy the amount of walking that I could get done here in Japan. The first three days might be a pain but soon you`ll get used to it too and find that the feeling of walking is so nice.

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I still got to see some of the Sakura flowers around the imperial palace.

So this was probably 4 days ago but I decided to google maps my way to the Imperial Palace which was only 1hour and 4 mins away from our place by walking. Since It would take me about 20 mins by train, I thought why not just walk. It`s just going to be another 40 mins anyway and I had a lot of time on my hands.

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I also got to see Odette of swan lake. There are tons of turtles too.

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In case you want to know when the palace is open here is a schedule. The one on the right is in English.

Watch out though for tourists. I don`t want to generalize the Chinese too much… I don`t hate them but I hate the chinese tourists that I met. They threw trash on the palace grounds, spat on the ground and they even bumped me along the path when there was still space next to us. It was just a little crowded so I just made sure to stay away from the crowds and stick to my own path. It was pretty refreshing. I would encourage everyone to take a walk here or even just to sit down by the palace. There are many people both Japanese, and tourists ( and its nice to people watch, I love to people watch : and not in a stalker kinda way if you know what I mean )

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