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Chiyoda (千代田区)
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Museums, Galleries, Exhibitions, 
Temples, Churches

Chiyoda is not just the center of Tokyo but, in many ways, the center of Japan. Although the district covers a small area of 12 square kilometers, it contains a huge number of different attractions.

Most of the territory of Chiyoda is occupied by the majestic Imperial Palace, around which the entire district is spread out. This is the main attraction in the area, which can take all day to get acquainted with. The palace complex, built on the site of the former Edo Castle, covers almost 7.5 square kilometers. It is surrounded by picturesque moats, canals, and gardens, as well as the ruins of stone walls and gates left from the old castle. Since 1868, the Imperial Palace has been used as the official residence of Japanese rulers. So access to some parts of the complex is occasionally restricted. In addition to excursions to the palace premises and gardens, visitors can take a walk in the Nishinomaru Garden, visit the Yasukuni Shinto Shrine or the Yushukan Museum, which tells about the country's military history.

Outside the Imperial Palace, tourists plunge into a completely different environment. On the one hand, they are met by modern glass skyscrapers, and on the other – boring and unremarkable buildings. The architectural scarcity of the area is brightened by magnificent exhibition spaces, where you can get acquainted with the cultural life of the city and the country.

Opposite the Imperial Palace is the National Museum of Modern Art (MOMAT), where you can spend a couple of hours studying the latest creative trends. The Idemitsu Museum of Arts, on the other hand, presents a traditional view of the country's cultural heritage and introduces visitors to Japanese paintings and East Asian ceramics. The Yamatane Museum of Art specializes in contemporary Japanese style paintings and has a curious collection that is worth seeing at least once. The New Otani Art Museum displays a small but impressive collection of French and Japanese art. And for dessert – the Tokyo International Forum. It is a modern architectural landmark, with a huge exhibition center hidden behind its glass walls. The forum premises are used for a wide variety of cultural and social events.

Address: Chiyoda City

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