Before the rain started, we decided to walk around the East Gardens of the Tokyo Imperial Palace. This is a neat oasis of nature in the middle of Tokyo. The Imperial Palace in the main residence of the emperor, but we opted not to tour it. Instead, we strolled around the East Gardens. We first crossed the moat and entered under a magnificent gate.
Around a lake grew a plethora of purple flowers (some type of lily, perhaps).
In one section, the Ninomaru Garden, symbolic trees represent each prefecture of Japan.
A number of beautiful buildings are also contained in the East Gardens, including the Tōkagakudō, or Peach Blossom Music Hall.
Construction of the Edo Castle tower was completed in 1638; however, it burned down a few years later in 1657. The foundation still remains to this day.
I enjoyed how the view from the foundation has certainly changed over the centuries.