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Public Opening of the State Guest House, Akasaka Palace

General Information

The Akasaka Palace has been open to the public since 1975 for 10 days a year during a summer period, with a view to enhancing the understanding of the public on the significance of the Palace, as the national facility, playing an important role in the Japanese diplomacy.
As the Palace was registered as a national treasure in 2009, efforts have been made to increase the opportunity to the public to show this invaluable national treasure.
Based on the outcome of the trial opening of a limited period in February, public opening throughout a year avoiding the periods of the visit of foreign dignitaries commences this April. The detail is as follows:

Public Opening Period

19(Tue)April 2016 - 13(Tue)June 2016(27(Wed)April,9(Mon)-11(Wed) April closed)
31(Tue)May 2016 - 21(Tue)June 2016(1(Wed)June,8(Wed)June,and 15(Wed)June closed)
4(Mon)July 2016 - 24(Sun)July 2016(6(Wed)July,13(Wed)July,and 20(Wed)July closed)

  • ※The opening schedule after 25(Mon) July will be announced as soon as it is decided.
    Opening schedule will be announced in advance of about one month in principle.
  • ※The opening schedule can be accessed also from the window of "the Akasaka Palace Opening Schedule"

Facilities to be opened:

Front Garden: Click for detail


Front Garden

Main Building/Main Garden: Click for detail and advance application


Main Building/Main Garden

Japanese Style Annex: Click for detail and advance application


Japanese Style Annex

1.Front Garden (Free Entry)

You can enter through the Front Gate and see the Main Building, but cannot enter the Building itself.
Advance application is not required. No restriction on the maximum number of entrants.

[Opening Information]

Entry Gate: Front Gate
Opening Time: 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. (reception closed at 4:30 P.M.)
Entry Eligibility: None. NO advance application is required.
While anybody is accepted, entrance control may be applied under the circumstances of congestion.
Entry charge: Free

[Advisory Note]

  • No admittance to the Main Building.
  • Under the circumstances of unexpected number of visitors, entry control may be carried out to avoid disorder.
  • For security reasons, metal and baggage check will be conducted at the Front Gate.
  • No car/bicycle park facilities nearby the Palace. Recommend to use public transport.
  • Front Garden is cobbled. Please visit the garden with shoes compatible to cobbled stones.
  • Photo taking is allowed, but large size cameras for business purposes and related equipment such as camera stand is not allowed. Using extendable steel stick for self-portrait is not allowed.
  • Pets are not allowed.
  • Activities prohibited:
    smoking, megaphone use, sign board propaganda, any other activities nuisance to the visitors.
  • Due to sudden scheduling of visit of dignitaries or some other operational reasons, the public opening can be suspended, which will be announced on the home page without delay.
  • Large luggage such as suitcase cannot be brought in.

2.Main Building and Main Garden (Limited number of visitors a day, ticket distribution on the spot or advance application on a first-come basis through web site. Entry charge. )

Enter through the West Gate.
Four(4) Salons used for official ceremonies and the Main Garden located at the south of the Main Building can be visited.
Advance application for a limited number.
But entry tickets will be distributed on the spot to the limited number of visitors.
Once the number of visitors reaches the capacity of a day, the ticket distribution will be terminated.
You have to carry with you a "visit-certificate" sent in advance from the Akasaka Palace, or the entry ticket to be distributed on the spot at the Front Gate.

[Opening Information]

Entry Gate: West Gate
Opening Time: 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. (reception closed at 4:00 P.M.)
Eligible entrants:
  • Those received a "visit-certificate" by having applied in advance through the web site of the Akasaka Palace.
  • Those received entry ticket distributed on the spot at the front gate.
Maximum number of visitors a day: 3,000 persons per day
  • For the cases below from 1. ~ 3, visiting time is specified to avoid congestion.
  • From 28(Thu) April to 3(Tue) May ,we accept advance applications for the period of 9(Thu) June ~14(Thu) June.
  • From 5(Thu) May to 10(Tue) May ,we accept advance applications for the period of 16(Thu) June ~21(Tue) June.
  • From 9(Mon) May to 14(Thu) May ,we accept advance applications for the period of 4(Mon) July ~12(Tue) July.
  1. Individuals applied a "visit-certificate" in advance through web site and received the "visit-certificate". (Maximum 1000 persons)
    (12:00~, 14:00~ For each 500people)
    Please apply through this window if you wish to apply a "visit-certificate for the period of 14(Mon)~19(Tue)July".
  2. Group applied a "visit-certificate" in advance through web site and received the "visit-certificate" (Maximum 1000 persons)
    (13:00~, 15:00~ For each 500people)
    One group ranging more than 20 and below 50 persons can apply in advance.
    Once you received a "visit-certificate" from us, please send us back a list of participants(Microsoft Excel: 46KB)Open New Window form filled with necessary information.
    (E-mail address to be sent back and the deadline will be noted in a "visit-certificate Please submit absolutely in time")
    Please apply through this window, if you wish to apply a "visit-certificate for the period of 4(Mon)~12(Tue)July".
  3. Those received an entry ticket on the day of a visit at the front gate(Maximum 1000 persons)
    (10:00~, 11:00~ For each 500people)
    Please visit at the time specified on the ticket you received.
Entry charge: Adult: 1000 Yen, Junior high-school and high school students: 500 Yen
(Group: Adult: 800 Yen per person, Junior high-school and high school students:400 Yen)

[Advance application: Application results and notification]

  • We will send you a "visit-certificate" by e-mail once you are granted by one week before the visiting day until 13(Tue)May.After 31(Tue)May,We will spend it by four week before visiting day. Please be advised that sending an application does not automatically grant you a visit.
  • Only one application is valid for each day.
    More than one application by one person to each day will be treated as invalid.
  • After the completion of application process, any change such as the name of applicant cannot be accepted.
    Names which are not listed on a "visit-certificate" will not be accepted including infants.
  • On the day of your visit, ID checking will be conducted at the Gate.
    Please be prepared to show the followings to the officials at the Gate:
    1. A copy of "visit-certificate" e-mailed from "@cao.go.jp"
    2. ID (Passport)
  • In case your application was incomplete or error, the application will be treated as invalid.
  • Personal information received in relation to application.

[Group Application]

  • After you received a "visit-certificate" from us by e-mail, please forward to us by e-mail a list of visitors for registration(Microsoft Excel: 41KB)Open New Window by the date specified in the "visit-certificate".
    (E-mail address to be sent back and the deadline will be specified on a "visit-certificate")
  • Please avoid making tentative and temporary reservations because it becomes troublesome by other eliminating applicants making legitimate reservations.

[Entry Ticket]

  • Entry tickets will be distributed on a first-come first-serve basis in front of the Front Gate.
    Timing of the distribution depends on the situation of the queueing.
  • Ticket is valid only for the person received.
    It cannot be transferred to somebody else.
  • No age restriction for entry but tickets are required even for infants. Infants without tickets are not allowed to enter.
  • Visitors who come as a group must queue one by one.
    (One person queueing on behalf of a Group cannot receive entry tickets for all the group members, only one ticket will be issued. )
For map

[Advisory Note]

  • No photo taking within the Main Building for security reasons.
    Photo taking of the Main Building from outside is allowed, but large size cameras for business purposes and related equipment such as camera stand is not allowed.
    Using extendable steel stick for self-portrait is not allowed.
  • Under the circumstances of congestion, entry control may be carried out to avoid disorder.
  • A person with infant(s) should always stay together and keep them under control.
  • For security reasons, metal and baggage check will be conducted at the Gate.
  • No car/bicycle park facilities nearby the Palace.
  • Recommend to use public transport.
  • Pets are not allowed.
  • Activities prohibited:
         smoking, sketching, megaphone use, signboard propaganda, any other activities nuisance to the visitors.
  • Visitors who do not obey the instructions by staff members of the Palace would be forced to leave the Palace.
  • Due to sudden scheduling of visit of dignitaries or some other operational reasons, the public opening can be suspended or cancelled, which will be announced immediately on the home page without delay.
  • Large luggage such as suitcase cannot be brought in.

Application for Main Building and Main garden for foreign nationals (for one person to nineteen persons for the period of 14(Thu)July~19(Tue)July)

Exclusive use for Group: Application for Main Building and Main garden for foreign nationals for the period of 14(Thu)July~19(Tue)July

  • The period of accepting applications for visit for 31(Tue) May ~ 12(Tue) July is closed.
  • For the visit during the period of 31(Tue) May~14(Tue) June, we have already sent by e-mail a visit-certificate for those accepted.In addition,Please be advised that we do not send any noticed to those who were not accepted this time.
  • The period of accepting advance applications for 21(Thu) July ~24(Sun) July will be open on 26(Thu) May.
  • Please be noted that the acceptance time of applications of a day is set ato 10:00.

3.Japanese Style Annex (Limited numbers, Advance Application, Entry charge)

Enter through the West Gate.
You can visit the Japanese Style Annex with guided tour.
Timing of entry to the Japanese Style Annex is predetermined.
Apart from this entry timing, you can visit the Main Building of the Palace and Main Garden for the remaining time of a day.
Advance application through the internet web page is necessary.

[Opening Information]

Opening Time: The following six slots with guided tour (each about 40 minutes) are available.
  • (1)10:30 (2)11:30 (3)12:30 (4)13:30 (5)14:30 (6)15:30
Entry Gate: West Gate
Eligible person: Above the Junior High School age (those who were born before 1 April 2004).
  • Junior High School students (born between 2 April 2001 and 1 April 2004) must be accompanied by those who were born before 1 April 1997.
Maximum number of visitors: 20 persons per each slot.(120 persons a day)
Maximum number per application is 4 persons.
How to apply: Go down to the bottom of this home page and click and follow the instructions.
Go down to the bottom of this home page and click "Application for Japanese Style Annex for foreign nationals for the period of 14(Thu)July~19(Tue)July" and follow the instructions.
Entry charge: Adult: 1500 Yen, Junior high-school and high school students: 700 Yen

[Application results and notification]

  • We will send you a "visit-certificate" by e-mail once you are granted by one week before the visit day. Please be advised that sending an application does not automatically grant you a visit.
  • Only one application is valid for each day. More than one application by one person to each day will be treated as invalid.
  • After the completion of application process, any change such as the name of applicant cannot be accepted.
    Names which are not listed on the Acceptance of Visit will not be accepted including infants.
  • On the day of your visit, ID checking will be conducted at the Gate.
    Please be prepared to show the followings to the officials at the Gate:
    1. A copy of "visit-certificate" Acceptance of Visit e-mail from "@cao.go.jp"
    2. ID (Passport)
  • In case your application was incomplete or error, the application will be treated as invalid.
  • Information collected through processing applications will be used only for lottery result notification and ID checking on the day of the visit.
    They will not be used for any other purposes.

[Advisory Note]

  • Due to the structure of the building, a person with wheel chair or walking aide equipment(such as silver-car) cannot visit.
  • For security reasons, metal and baggage check will be conducted at the Gate.
  • No photo taking within the Annex for security reasons.
    Photo taking of the Annex from outside is allowed, but large size cameras for business purposes and related equipment such as camera stand is not allowed. Using extendable steel stick for self-portrait is not allowed.
  • No car/bicycle park facilities nearby the Palace. Recommend to use public transport.
  • Pets are not allowed.
  • Activities prohibited:
        smoking, sketching, megaphone use, signboard propaganda, any other activities nuisance to the visitors.
  • Visitors who do not obey the instructions by staff members of the Annex would be forced to leave the Palace.
  • Due to sudden scheduling of visit of dignitaries or some other operational reasons, the public opening can be suspended, which will be announced on the home page without delay.

Application for Japanese Style Annex for foreign nationals for the period of 14(Thu)July~19(Tue)July

  • The period of accepting applications for visit for 31(Tue) May ~ 12(Tue) July is closed.
  • For the visit during the period of 31(Tue) May~ 14(Tue) May, we have already sent by e-mail a visit-certificate for those accepted.In addition,Please be advised that we do not send any notice to those who were not accepted this time.
  • The period of accepting advance applications for 21(Thu) July ~24(Sun) July will be open until 26(Thu) May.
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