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Today‘s target is…..

Birthday Receptions of the Japanese Emperor!


About the Emperor System in Japan

Under the Japanese Constitution, the Emperor is defined as the symbol of the Japanese state and the unity if the people.

The current emperor, Akihito is the 125th emperor since the first emperor Jimmu.

He doesn’t have political power, but his important role is paying a courtesy visit.

Now only the male members of the Imperial Family are allowed to ascend to the Imperial Throne.


By the way, Japan has its own name of years.

It is called “GENGO”.

Now GENGO is changed when a new emperor ascended the throne.

The current GENGO is Heisei.

The emperor ,Akihito referred to his abdication this year, but the situation wasn’t expected.

Now Japan is under discussion.


Birthday Reception of Japanese emperor

People usually cannot meet the Japanese emperor,

but they have chances twice a year.


His birthday and the new year’s day.


December 23rd 2016 is his 83rd birthday.

Then, he will appear in public.

You can see him in the Imperial Palace.


1.Reception in the morning

The emperor and the Imperial Family members will appear three times in the balcony of the Imperial Palace.

They will appear at 10:20, 11:00, 11:40.

People can enter from the main gate.


2. Reception in the afternoon

They will have the court functions in the afternoon, so you cannot see them,

but you can sign the guest books in front of the Imperial Household Agency building or submit business card.

You can enter from Sakashita gate between 12:30 and 3:30 pm.

The gate will be closed at 4:00 pm, so you need to leave by then.



★You need to wait for BAGGAGE CHECKING before you enter.


★You are not allowed to enter with…

*animals except guide dogs.

*dangerous substances

*suitcases, flagstaffs, drones, any other large luggage


★You are not allowed to …

*enter the place where you are not allowed to come in


*destroy facilities in the Imperial Palace

*use tripods, selfie sticks, stepladders.

*take photos for commercial purpose

*hold a meeting or a demonstration

*give out or post bills



**You can also see him on January 2nd at the same place.


  1. 10:10 am
  2. 11:00 am
  3. 11:50 am
  4. 1:30 pm
  5. 2:20 pm


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*The East Garden of the Imperial Palace is closed on Dec 23rd 2016.


Admission Free



How to get to the nearest station?

The nearest station is

From Shinjuku Station
Shinjuku Sta. Kokkai-gijidomae Sta. Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line
Kokkai-gijidomae Sta. Nijubashimae Sta. Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line
From Asakusa station
Asakusa Sta Higashi-ginza Sta. Toei Asakusa Line Express
Higashi-ginza Sta. Hibiya Sta. Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line
Hibiya Sta. Nijubashimae Sta. Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line
From Narita Airport
Narita Airport Nippori Sta. Keisei Narita Airport Line Skyliner
Nippori Sta. Nishi-nippori Sta. JR Yamanote Line
Nishi-nippori Sta. Nijubashimae Sta. Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line


I recommend you to use the Route App.↓

Japan Travel-Route, Map, JR


Hotel Info

Some hotels near Otemachi station are available.
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Marunouchi Hotel

Hotel Metropolitan Tokyo Marunouchi


The Tokyo Station Hotel

Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo

Palace Hotel Tokyo

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