The Tokyo Imperial Palace is the main residence of the Emperor of Japan. It is a large park-like area located in the Chiyoda district of the Chiyoda ward of Tokyo and contains several buildings including the main palace (Kyūden), some residences of the Imperial Family, an archive, museums and administrative offices.
It is built on the site of the old Edo Castle. The pavilion successfully incorporates three distinct styles of architecture, which are shinden, samurai and zen, specifically on each floor.
The Golden Pavilion is set in a Japanese strolling garden. The location implements the idea of borrowing of scenery ("shakkei") that integrates the outside and the inside, creating an extension of the views surrounding the pavilion and connecting it with the outside world.