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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 commenced on April 2016. The detail is as follows:

Information

  • The special winter public opening at December
    During the period of 22nd December to 24th December, we will open the main entrance for the first time to public. This time, you can enter the Akasaka Palace through this main entrance which usually open only for international guest of honor. Also, you can visit the main salons listening to classic music, and you can see the pictures of the famous artist FOUJITA Tsuguharu in the end of visiting route at the West entrance.
    In the Front Garden, there will be served drinks and meals, such as hot wine and so on by food trucks.
    And The night public opening until 8:00 P.M. with illumination of the Akasaka Palace start at 17:00 PM will be carried out during this three days.
    * Please be advised that the entry charge will be changed and added the university student rate, during the period of the winter special event.
    Check this page for more details.
  • Audio Guide We have rental audio guide to help your understand the detail of the Main building of the Akasaka Palace. An audio guide is available in English, Chinese, Korean and Japanese languages, and rental fee is 200 yen per one.
  • The Night Public Opening and Garden Cafe at the Front Garden of September 2017 ended successfully.
    Thank you very much for your visit. Please, look forward to the next special event! Check this page for more details.
  • The public opening of the State Guest House, Akasaka Palace will be carried out during the period of 12(Thu) October-20(Fri) October, 26(Thu) October-31(Tue) October, 10(Fri) November-21(Tue) November and 9(Sat) December - 28(Thu) December.
    We will open the Front Garden only during the period of 21(Sat) October- 24(Tue) October.

Future public opening schedule

The public opening schedule announced at present is as follows:

Opening period Advance application period Shipment date of elected mail
19(Thu) October and 20(Fri) October 24(Thu) August-29(Tue) August 7(Thu) September
26(Thu) October and 27(Fri) October 11(Wed) October-15(Sun) October 18(Wed) October
28(Sat) October and 29(Sun) October 21(Thu) September to 26(Tue) September 4(Wed) October
30(Mon) October and 31(Tue) October 31(Thu) August-5(Tue) September 14(Thu) September
10(Thu) November-14(Tue) November 14(Thu) September-19(Tue) September 28(Thu) September
16(Thu) November-21(Tue) November 21(Thu) September-26(Tue) September 5(Thu) October
9(Sat) December-12(Tue) December 12(Thu) October-17(Tue) October 26(Thu) October
14(Thu) December-19(Tue) December 19(Thu) October-24(Tue) October 2(Thu) November
21(Thu) December-26(Tue) December 26(Thu) October-31(Tue) October 9(Thu) November
28(Thu) December 2(Thu) November-7(Tue) November 16(Thu) November
  • The acceptance time of applications of the beginning day of applications is set at 10:00.
  • 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 closes 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.
  • Radio controlled small unmanned machine (drone, etc.) cannnot be brought in, nor fly over the area, it is forbidden to do film shooting by this machine.
  • Pets are not allowed.
  • Activities prohibited:
    smoking, megaphone using, 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 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.
From February 15th 2017, the entrance hall is added to the visiting route instead of one of the salons "Asahi-no-Ma", due to close for repairs for about 2 years.
Advance application for a limited number.
Please visit Main Building and Main Garden without advance application also. However, please be advised that entry ticket will be distributed under the congestion situation.
Audio Guide We have rental audio guide to help your understand the detail of the Main building of the Akasaka Palace. An audio guide is available in English, Chinese, Korean and Japanese languages, and rental fee is 200 yen per one.

[Opening Information]

Entry Gate: West Gate
Opening Time: 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. (reception closes at 4:00 P.M.)
Eligible entrants:
  • Those who received a "visit-certificate" by having applied in advance through the web site of the Akasaka Palace.
  • Those who received entry ticket distributed on the spot at the front gate.
Maximum number of visitors a day:
  • For the cases below from 1. - 4, visiting time is specified to avoid congestion.
  1. Individuals for one person to nineteen persons applied a "visit-certificate" in advance through web site and received the "visit-certificate". (Maximum 1500 persons)
    (12:00-, 14:00- For each 750persons)

    Application for the period of 14(Thu) December to 19(Tue) December.
    Please apply through this window.
    (From 14(Thu) December to 19(Tue) December, we accept advance applications for the period of 10:00 a.m. on 19(Thu) October-24:00 p.m. on 24(Tue) October. We begin to send a "visit-certificate" for those accepted from 11:00 a.m. to 18:00 p.m. on 2(Thu) November.) 18(Wed) October,2017 Up


  2. Individuals for twenty persons to fifty persons for companies applied a "visit-certificate" in advance through web site and received the "visit-certificate" (Maximum 800 persons)
    (11:30-, 12:30-, 14:30-, 15:30- For each 200people)

    Application for the period of 14(Thu) December to 19(Tue) December.
    Please apply through this window.
    (From 14(Thu) December to 19(Tue) December, we accept advance applications for the period of 10:00 a.m. on 19(Thu) October-24:00 p.m. on 24(Tue) October. We begin to send a "visit-certificate" for those accepted from 11:00 a.m. to 18:00 p.m. on 2(Thu) November.) 18(Wed) October,2017 Up


  3. Group organized by operator applied a "visit-certificate" in advance through web site and received the "visit-certificate" (Maximum 2000 persons)
    (10:30- For 200people, 11:00- For 300people, 13:00-, 15:00- For each 750people)

    Application for the period of 14(Thu) December to 19(Tue) December.
    Please apply through this window.
    (From 14(Thu) December to 19(Tue) December, we accept advance applications for the period of 10:00 a.m. on 19(Thu) October-24:00 p.m. on 24(Tue) October. We begin to send a "visit-certificate" for those accepted from 11:00 a.m. to 18:00 p.m. on 2(Thu) November.) 18(Wed) October,2017 Up



    One group ranging more than 20 and below 50 persons can apply in advance.
    (E-mail address to be sent back and the deadline will be noted in a "visit-certificate Please submit absolutely in time")
    Please avoid making tentative and temporary reservations because it becomes troublesome by other eliminating applicants making legitimate reservations.
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)
* We only accept cash.

[Advance application: Application results and notification]

  • We will send you a "visit-certificate" by e-mail once you are granted by six weeks before the 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 for a day will be treated as invalid.
  • After the completion of application process, any change such as the name of applicant cannot be accepted.
  • 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 or a screen 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.
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.
  • Radio controlled small unmanned machine (drone, etc.) cannnot be brought in, nor fly over the area, it is forbidden to do film shooting by this machine.
  • 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 using, 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.

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 ten slots with guided tour (each about 40 minutes) are available.
  • (1)10:30 (2)11:00 (3)11:30 (4)12:00 (5)12:30 (6)13:00 (7)13:30 (8)14:00 (9)14:30 (10)15:00
Entry Gate: West Gate
Eligible person: Above the Junior High School age (those who were born before 1st April 2005).
  • Junior High School students (born between 2nd April 2002 and 1st April 2005) must be accompanied by those who were born before 1st April 1998.
Maximum number of visitors: 20 persons per each slot. (200 persons a day)
Maximum number per an application is 4 persons.
How to apply: Application for the period of 14(Thu) December to 19(Tue) December.
Please apply through this window.
(From 14(Thu) December to 19(Tue) December, we accept advance applications for the period of 10:00 a.m. on 19(Thu) October-24:00 p.m. on 24(Tue) October. We begin to send a "visit-certificate" for those accepted from 11:00 a.m. to 18:00 p.m. on 2(Thu) November.) 18(Wed) October,2017 Up

Information of vacancies
We recruit additional participants in the tour for the following days and times.
Application for 10(Fri) November and 14(Tue) November.
10(Fri) November
14(Tue) November

(For 10(Fri) November and 14(Tue) November, we accept advance applications for the period of 10:00 a.m. on 19(Thu) October-24:00 p.m. on 24(Tue) October. We begin to send a "visit-certificate" for those accepted from 11:00 a.m. to 18:00 p.m. on 1(Wed) November.) 18(Wed) October, 2017 Up

Entry charge: Adult: 1500 Yen, Junior high-school and high school students: 700 Yen
* We only accept cash.

[Application results and notification]

  • We will send you a "visit-certificate" by e-mail once you are granted by six weeks 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 for a day will be treated as invalid.
  • After the completion of application process, any change such as the name of applicant cannot be accepted.
  • 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 or a screeen 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 purpose.

[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.
  • Radio controlled small unmanned machine (drone, etc.) cannnot be brought in, nor fly over the area, it is forbidden to do film shooting by this machine.
  • No car/bicycle park facilities nearby the Palace. Recommend to use public transports.
  • Pets are not allowed.
  • Activities prohibited:
        smoking, sketching, megaphone using, 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.
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