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The Imperial Palace is both a literal and figurative center of the Japanese capital. Situated in the center of Tokyo, the palace grounds were once the home of Edo Castle, the seat of government of the Tokugawa shogunate and the focal point around which the country turned for nearly three centuries. When the capital moved from Kyoto to Tokyo in the 1860s, the Imperial Family made the journey as well and a new residence was constructed for them on the site of the former castle. Today, the palace remains the home of the Japanese Imperial Family and the grounds are a popular spot for seasonal flower viewing. 

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1-1 Chiyoda, Chiyoda City, Tokyo 100-8111 (Map) (Directions)

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