Just a three hour Shinkansen ride away from Tokyo is the original capital of Japan, Kyoto (where we will be spending the last stint of our Japan vacation). Kyoto Imperial Palace was the residence of the Emperor of Japan until 1868, when everything shifted to Tokyo. Thirteen years before the move, Kyoto Imperial Palace was rebuilt due to fire. It was the eighth (and last) time that the palace had been destroyed and rebuilt.
The Imperial Palace sits in the middle of Kyoto Imperial Park, a popular park for residents and tourists to enjoy some green space. Some of the trees that sit outside the walls of the Imperial Palace have been designated as “trees of historical interest”. They were sure interesting to us! My favorite will always be the Japanese maple, which they probably just call a maple.