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PostPosted: Thu Aug 17, 2006 11:09 am    Post subject: The fate of Edo Castle Reply with quote
While I was in Japan this summer, I realized that I had absolutely no idea what had happened to Edo Castle. Was it incorporated into Emperor Meiji's new palace in Tokyo, or was it completely taken apart?
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 17, 2006 2:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
It's the Imperial Palace--it was taken over when they moved to Tokyo. The main castle keep doesn't remain, but the grounds are the same, as are some of the buildings, I believe.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 17, 2006 2:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
It's tragic that more of it isn't open to the public. Normally you can only get as far as the gate. A portion of the grounds are opened for New Year's Day and the current Emperor's birthday, but that's all. I haven't worked up the courage to brave the crowds on those two days.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 17, 2006 5:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Thanks for your help!
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 21, 2006 2:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
The main building of Edo castle(天守閣) was burnt down in 1657 and never reconstructed.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 27, 2006 9:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Ashigaru wrote:
It's tragic that more of it isn't open to the public. Normally you can only get as far as the gate. A portion of the grounds are opened for New Year's Day and the current Emperor's birthday, but that's all. I haven't worked up the courage to brave the crowds on those two days.


But a part of it, the Higashi Gyoen, is usually open, except Mondays and Fridays. It is the part that has the site of the Edo Castle keep and the shogunal palace. I really enjoyed it.
You can always walk around the whole thing, also.
The official website is http://www.kunaicho.go.jp/11/d11-03.html
The English website is not very helpful, but here it is: http://www.kunaicho.go.jp/e17/ed17-05.html
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 28, 2006 2:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Bethetsu wrote:
But a part of it, the Higashi Gyoen, is usually open, except Mondays and Fridays. It is the part that has the site of the Edo Castle keep and the shogunal palace. I really enjoyed it.


Thanks for the tip, I'll have to check it out the next time I'm in that part of town.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 28, 2006 3:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
very beutiful pictures might biuld a rest house like that some day
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 29, 2006 4:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Thank you for the additional information!
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