Japanese Garden Walk: Castle Grounds

Take in a garden fit for a king.

The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace sit adjacent to the current Imperial Palace, which also occupies the same location as the now-defunct Edo Castle, making the grounds truly worthy of emperors and shoguns.

On this tour, stroll through the gardens while learning about the philosophies, structures and foregone politics that underpin its most notable features. Afterward, explore the nearby Otemachi business district’s inconspicuous green spaces within walking distance of the emperor's home.

This tour includes an optional lunch.

Kazuko Morio is a member of the Garden Society of Japan and a Japan Gardening Society-certified garden designer. She is also a licensed national guide-interpreter. She lectures and provides walking tours to Japanese gardens. Her clients include garden enthusiasts, international students and tour guides. The Club Member discussed her passion for Japanese culture in the October 2021 issue of INTOUCH.


  • Apr 22
  • 9–11:30am
  • Meeting point: Otemachi Station
  • ¥3,850
  • Cancellation deadline: Apr 17
  • An enrichment program registration fee of ¥3,500 is applied to non-Connections members. The fee is waived for Connections members.
  • Contact the Connections Office about class availability after registration has closed.