Koukyo 皇居 (Imperial Palace)
“Koukyo” [皇居/こうきょ] is the Japanese imperial palace. There are many highlight spot in “Koukyo”.
In the past, “Koukyo” is located in Kyoto prefecture, named “Kyoto Gosho”（京都御所）.
In 1896, emperor is moved to Edo(Tokyo) from Kyoto. Then the residence of Emperor and Empress named “Gosho”(御所) was constructed.
“Nijyu-bashi” is maybe the most famous spot. “Nijyu-bashi” means “Double‐Arched Bridge”.
It was constructed in 1614, and originally the structure was double-arched, this is why this bridge called “Nijyu-bashi”.
Normally, you can’t cross this bridge without viewing application, but at the time of new year and emperor’s birthday, the bridge open to the public.
Picture: “Nijyu-bashi” bridge(left side)
“Koukyo-seimon bridge”(right side)
*many people think right side is “Nijyu-bashi”, but it’s wrong.
“Tatsumi-yagura” is the construction which is for the defence. In case of enemy attack, people shoot from opening.
This gate is designated as national important cultural properties. And this is famous for “Sakurada-mongai-no-hen”(桜田門外の変). This is the murder case which “Nosuke-Ii”(Chief ministry) was killed.