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皇居東御苑 大手門
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Annual trip to Tokyo, August 2012. Otemon Gate at Tokyo Imperial Palace.

This is one of a number of entry/exit points into the East Garden (publically accessible part of the Palace). The gate is actually a reconstruction – source: Wikipedia. Take one step out of the gate and you will find yourself back in the 21st century, in the business district of Otemachi.

大手町 皇居 江戸城 東京都千代田区 360度パノラマ

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