Emperor’s Palace and Diet Building

On Saturday May 17th, 2014, I went to Emperor’s Palace in Tokyo for the second time.  This time instead of roaming around the Emperor’s royal garden until closure time (royal garden closes at 16:30 and stops receiving new guests at 16:00), I tried to go into the actual palace but later found out that outsiders do not have access to the palace and the royal garden is as far as any visitor can get.

I did walk around the Palace however and found out that the Emperor’s garden and palace are all situated on a small man made island and is surrounded by a moat and stone walls, much like the Nagoya Castle in Nagoya except the emperor’s palace is situated on an even larger island.  Right outside of the moat is a sidewalk and other parks.

While walking around the palace, I also found out that the prime minister’s office, diet building, diet library, diet museum, and British foreign affairs office are right around the palace, making the area dense with various governmental buildings.  While inside the diet library I also obtained the user’s registration card as a trophy.  The registration card lasts for three years and with it one can enter and borrow books from the diet library.