First built in 1457 by Ota Dokan, this site was later chosen by Ieyasu Tokugawa as the site to establish the Tokugawa Shogunate. Following the Meiji Restoration, Edo Castle now forms part of the Imperial Palace. Although the original castle was much more extensive, a series of calamities have damaged the castle complex over the years, but visitors can still witness parts of its ruins that date back to the 1400s. Touring Edo Castle and its grounds is an enchanting experience owing to its jaw-droppingly beautiful gardens, water features, bridges, and gates. Although not many structures on the grounds are original to the Edo period, there are guard houses, gates, walls that are still intact. Sometimes referred to as the "heart of Tokyo," Edo Castle and its grounds are symbolic of the most memorable years of the Shogunate. If you're interested in Japanese history, this is a must-visit destination.
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