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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

  • New english guide tour of the Japanese Style Annex starts from 1st February, 2018.
    The Japanese Style Annex was constructed to entertain honored overseas dignitaries in traditional Japanese surroundings. The tour starts at every 15:00 PM at Public opening period, for a maximum of 20 people.
    >> Find more details here.

    (After clicking the button, "Selection the application course" screen will be displayed. Please select "Japanese Style Annex English Guide" course to apply.)
  • Fire Drills
    We will conduct the Fire Drill to cooperate with Akasaka Fire Station, at 11:00A.M.-12:00P.M on Tue. 23th January, 2018.
    In the case of drill, water discharging all at once to Main Building so that restricted a part of Front Garden. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
  • The special winter public opening at December had finished.
    The special winter opening held the period of 22nd to 24th December, 2018 was a huge success. Thank you very much for your coming in the cold weather. Wr are looking forward to your next visit.
    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.

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Schedule of Public Opening of the State Guest House, Akasaka Palace

NOTICE : Tours of the Japanese Style Annex on 27th January will be CANCELED.
Last up date: 12(Fri) January, 2018.
: Open day
×: Closed day
Undecided: The schedule will be updated as soon as it is decided.
Example:Feb/1-Feb/6: Advance application will start at 10:00 AM on the start day until 11:00 PM on the finish day. We decide visitors by lottery if the applicant exceeds the capacity. Please be advised that just sending an application does not automatically grant your admission.

January, 2018
SundayMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturday
1
×

2
×

3
×

4
×

5

Nov/9-Nov/14
6

Nov/9-Nov/14
7

Nov/9-Nov/14
8

Nov/9-Nov/14
9

Nov/9-Nov/14
10
×

11

Nov/16-Nov/21
12

Nov/16-Nov/21
13

Nov/16-Nov/21
14

Nov/16-Nov/21
15

Nov/16-Nov/21
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Nov/16-Nov/21
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×

18

Nov/23-Nov/28
19

Nov/23-Nov/28
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Nov/23-Nov/28
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Nov/23-Nov/28
22

Nov/23-Nov/28
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Nov/23-Nov/28
24
×

25

Nov/30-Dec/5
26

Nov/30-Dec/5
27

Japanese Style Annex Canceled
Nov/30-Dec/5
28

Nov/30-Dec/5
29

Nov/30-Dec/5
30

Nov/30-Dec/5
31
×

February, 2018
SundayMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturday
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Dec/7-Dec/12
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Dec/7-Dec/12
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Dec/7-Dec/12
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Dec/7-Dec/12
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Dec/7-Dec/12
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Dec/7-Dec/12
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×

8

Dec/14-Dec/19
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Dec/14-Dec/19
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Dec/14-Dec/19
11

Dec/14-Dec/19
12

Dec/14-Dec/19
13

Dec/14-Dec/19
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×

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Dec/21-Dec/26
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Dec/21-Dec/26
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Dec/21-Dec/26
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Undecided

19
Undecided

20
Undecided

21
×

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Undecided

23

Dec/28-Jan/3
24

Dec/28-Jan/3
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Dec/28-Jan/3
26

Dec/28-Jan/3
27

Dec/28-Jan/3
28
×

March, 2018
SundayMondayTuesdayWedThursdayFridaySaturday
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Jan/4-Jan/9
2

Jan/4-Jan/9
3

Jan/4-Jan/9
4

Jan/4-Jan/9
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Jan/4-Jan/9
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Jan/4-Jan/9
7
×

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Jan/11-Jan/16
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Jan/11-Jan/16
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Undecided

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Undecided

12
Undecided

13
Undecided

14
×

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Undecided

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Jan/18-Jan/23
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Jan/18-Jan/23
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Jan/18-Jan/23
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Jan/18-Jan/23
20
×

21

Jan/25-Jan/30
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Jan/25-Jan/30
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Jan/25-Jan/30
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Jan/25-Jan/30
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Jan/25-Jan/30
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Jan/25-Jan/30
27

Jan/25-Jan/30
28
×

29

Feb/1-Feb/6
30

Feb/1-Feb/6
31
×

  • The schedule after April will be informed as soon as it is decided.

1.Front Garden (Free Entry)

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

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

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 Main Garden located at the south of 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.

Entry Gate: West Gate
Opening Time: 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. (reception closes at 4:00 P.M.)
Requirement : None. While anybody is accepted, entrance control may be applied under the circumstances of congestion.
Recommend to apply for advance application through this HP, and receive a "visit-certificate" for priority admission.
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)

  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)

  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 300people, 11:00- For 300people, 13:00-, 15:00- For each 750people)


    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.
Admission fee: Adult: 1000 yen, U-18(Junior High and High school student): 500 yen, U-12(Below elementary school child): No fee.
(Group: Adult: 800 yen, U-18:400 yen, U-12: No fee.)
* During the period of 22(Fri)-24(Sun) December, the fee will be changed to Adult: 1,500yen, U-18: 500 yen and added university student fee:1,000 yen.
* We only accept cash.
[Application results and notification]
  • 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.
  • Please be prepared to show the followings to the officials at the Gate on the day of your visit:
    1. A copy or a screen of "visit-certificate" e-mailed from "@geihinkan.go.jp"
    2. ID (passport)
    *Recommend you to bring it.
  • In case your application was incomplete or error, the application will be treated as invalid.
[Group Application]
  • Please avoid making tentative and temporary reservations because it becomes troublesome by other eliminating applicants making legitimate reservations.

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 in Japanese and English.
Timing of entry to the Japanese Style Annex is predetermined.
Apart from this entry timing, you can visit Main Building and Main Garden for the remaining time of the day.
Advance application required on this HP.
[Note] Due to the structure of the building, a person with wheel chair or walking aide equipment (such as silver-car) cannot visit.

Opening Time: The following ten slots with guided tour (each about 40 minutes) are available.
  • Japanese guide: (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
    English guide: (10)15:00
Entry Gate: West Gate
Requirement:
  • Those who received a "visit-certificate" by having applied in advance through this HP.
  • Over 12 years old (above Junior-High school student).
Maximum number of visitors: 20 persons per each slot. (200 persons a day)
Maximum number per an application is 4 persons.
Admission fee: Adult: 1500 Yen, U-18(Junior High and High school student): 700 Yen, U-12(Below elementary school child): Cannot Participate.
* During the period of 22(Fri)-24(Sun) December, the fee will be changed to Adult: 2,000yen, U-18(over 12): 700yen and added university student fee: 1,500yen.
* We only accept cash.


(After clicking the button, "Selection the application course" screen will be displayed. Please select "Japanese Style Annex English Guide" course to apply.)

[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.
  • 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 "@geihinkan.go.jp"
    2. ID (Passport)
    * Recommend you to bring it.
  • In case your application was incomplete or error, the application will be treated as invalid.

The guide map to the State Guest House: Akasaka Palace

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Cabinet Office, Government of Japan1-6-1 Nagata-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8914, Japan.
Tel: +81-3-5253-2111