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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:

Information

  • The public opening of the State Guest House, Akasaka Palace will be carried out during the period of 26(Sun) February - 30(Thu) March.
    * 1(Wed)March,8(Wed)March,12(Sun)March-18(Sat)March,22(Wed)March,and 29(Wed)March closed.
  • The method of advance application will change as of March.
    The windows for application have been changed.
    The application form for individuals is now divided into `the application form under 19 persons for individuals` and `the application form for twenty persons to fifty persons for individuals`.
    Also, we newly establish `the application form for company`.Please apply this window if you apply as the company operator.We select visitors by lottery, changing from first-come first-serve basis.
  • The public opening of `Asahi no ma` in the Main Building will be closed due to restoring in 2017.
    We will change the visiting route by opening the Entrance hall on the ground to the public during the period.
  • The public opening of the State Guest House, Akasaka Palace will be carried out during the period of 5(Thu) January - 31(Tue) January.
    * 11(Wed)January,18(Wed)January,and 25(Wed)January closed.

Future public opening schedule

The public opening schedule announced at present is as follows:

Public Opening Period The period of applications The date of a sending visit-certificate
23(Thu)February-25(Sat)February 15(Thu)December-17(Sat)December 5(Thu)January
26(Sun)February-28(Tue)February and 2(Thu)March-4(Sat)March 5(Thu)January-10(Tue)January 19(Thu)January
5(Sun)March-11(Sat)March 6(Fri)January-12(Thu)January 20(Fri)January
19(Sun)March-25(Sat)March 13(Fri)January-19(Thu)January 27(Fri)January
26(Sun)March-30(Thu)March 20(Fri)January-26(Thu)January 3(Fri)February
  • *28(Wed)December-4(Wed)January,11(Wed)January,18(Wed)January,25(Wed)January,1(Wed)February,8(Wed)February,15(Wed)February,22(Wed)February,1(Wed)March,8(Wed)March,12(Sun)March-18(Sat)March,22(Wed)March,29(Wed)March and 31(Wed)March closed
  • * 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 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 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:
  • 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 18(Sat)March to 25(Sat)March.

    Please apply through this window.
    (From 18(Sat)March to 25(Sat)March ,we accept advance applications for the period of 10:00 a.m. on 13(Fri) January-24:00 p.m. on 19(Thu)January.We begin to send a "visit-certificate" for those accepted from 11:00 a.m. on 27(Fri)January.)  13(Fri)January,2016 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 400 persons)
    (12:30-, 14:30- For each 200people)


    Application for the period of 18(Sat)March to 25(Sat)March.

    Please apply through this window.
    (From 18(Sat)March to 25(Sat)March ,we accept advance applications for the period of 10:00 a.m. on 13(Fri) January-24:00 p.m. on 19(Thu)January.We begin to send a "visit-certificate" for those accepted from 11:00 a.m. on 27(Fri)January.)  13(Fri)January,2016 Up !


  3. Group organized by operator applied a "visit-certificate" in advance through web site and received the "visit-certificate" (Maximum 1500 persons)
    (13:00-, 15:00- For each 750people)


    Application for the period of 19(Sun)March to 25(Sat)March.

    Please apply through this window.
    (From 18(Sat)March to 25(Sat)March ,we accept advance applications for the period of 10:00 a.m. on 13(Fri) January-24:00 p.m. on 19(Thu)January.We begin to send a "visit-certificate" for those accepted from 11:00 a.m. on 27(Fri)January.)  13(Fri)January,2016 Up !



    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 avoid making tentative and temporary reservations because it becomes troublesome by other eliminating applicants making legitimate reservations.


  4. Those received an entry ticket on the day of a visit at the front gate.
    Please visit at the time specified on the ticket you received.
    Entry tickets will be distributed on a first-come first-serve basis in front of the Front Gate at 9:00 a.m.
    (Timing of the distribution depends on the situation of the queueing.)
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 six weeks 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 at 9:00 a.m.
    Maximum four tickets written with the entry time specified can be distributed to one person.
  • Ticket is four for the person received.
  • Please refrain from queuing at early morning time as the severe cold in the morning can damage your health.Generally,entry tickets will be distribute during the morning as long as they are available.
  • 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.)

You can visit Main Building and Main Garden without applications and entry tickets after paying entry charge during the period 5(Thu) January to 31(Tue) January.

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.
  • The period of accepting applications for visit for 5(Thu)January-25(Sun)February is closed.
  • A visit-certificate for those accepted
    For the visit during the period of 26(Sun)February to 4(Sat)March, we will send by e-mail a visit-certificate for those accepted on 19(Thu)January.
    In addition,please be advised that we do not send any noticed to those who were not accepted this time.

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:

Application for the period of 18(Sat)March to 25(Sat)March.

Please apply through this window.
(From 18(Sat)March to 25(Sat)March ,we accept advance applications for the period of 10:00 a.m. on 13(Fri) January-24:00 p.m. on 19(Thu)January.We begin to send a "visit-certificate" for those accepted from 11:00 a.m. on 27(Fri)January.)  13(Fri)January,2016 Up !

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 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 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.
  • The period of accepting applications for visit for 5(Thu)January - 25(Sun)February is closed.
  • A visit-certificate for those accepted
    For the visit during the period of 26(Sun)February to 4(Sat)March, we will send by e-mail a visit-certificate for those accepted on 19(Thu)January.
    In addition,please be advised that we do not send any noticed to those who were not accepted this time.
Cabinet Office, Government of Japan1-6-1 Nagata-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8914, Japan.
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