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The Sakuradamon Gate was completed in 1620. Like most gates in Edo the Sakuradamon is a so-called "Masugata-mon", square shaped gate. mIt is structure made of two buildings. The first building is in fact a small narrow gate in the exterior wall. A second long, thick gate at a 90-degree angle to the first. This has the advantage of slowing or even stopping any invading army as it would have to navigate the sharp turn, similar to how the streets of Tokyo were intentionally allowed to develop in a confusing tangle of unnamed roads in order to confound foreign invaders.
That worked until the Second World War when Allied air power destroyed much of the Imperial Palace complex, but this gate survived
This gate in Edo Palace was where visitors and petitioners to the rulers of Japan passed through. In 1860, Ii Naosuke, the Japanese feudal lord who signed a treaty of commerce with the United States in 1858 was assassinated outside the Sakurada Gate.
Salurada-mon Gate was completed in 1620.
On September 1, 1923, this gate was severely damaged by the Great Kanto Earthquake. The gate was later reconstructed to its former glory. Most of the old gates of Edo Castle belong to a type of gate called "Masugata-mon"(meaning Square shaped gate). The characteristic of the Masugata-mon is that there is a small square-shaped space inside the exterior walls and then followed by two more gates called, "Korai-mon" gate and "Yagura-mon" gate.
In the olden days, these Masugata-mon gates were strategically positioned. The size of the square inside Sakurada-mon gate is 17m× 38m.
In 1961, Sakurada-mon Gate was designated as an Important Cultural Asset to Japan, because this is the largest of the remaining gates of the former Edo Castle, and its interior square is well preserved.
Most of the palace is generally off-limits to the public, except for Imperial Household Agency and the East Gardens. The inner palace is open to the public on two days each year, the Emperor's birthday and at New Year (January 2).
|Admission||Refer to Kokyo Higashigyoen park|
|Open||Refer to Kokyo Higashigyoen park |
|Address||Kokyo Higashigyoen, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo |
|Access||From Tokyo Metro Otemachi Station C10 Exit: 1 mins on foot to Otemachimon gate|The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace mark the former site of Edo Castle. Today, two guardhouses, a keep and a defense house are still standing. The other buildings were destroyed by a number of fires that occurred between the 17th and 19th centuries.
Inside the gardens, a guide book and map are available from the shop. There's also a small museum housing Emperor Showa's art collection.
Open: 09:00am to 04:30 pm (but subject to times of the year)
Closed: Mondays, Fridays (except public holidays). December 25th to January 23rd.
How to get there
Leave Tokyo Station via the Marunouchi exit and follow the signposts to the Imperial Palace Plaza. Next walk towards the Palace Hotel. You'll then find the entrance through Ote-mon Gate
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