General public opening of the Akasaka Palace
State Guest House
The Akasaka Palace is a state guest house located in Tokyo to receive foreign dignitaries. Since April 2016, the palace is open to the public more permanently, to the extent not to disrupt the schedule of official events and ceremonies.
The Front Garden, the Main Building and the Main Garden (which is ornamented with a fountain and located on the south of the building), as well as the Japanese-style Annex are open to public visit.
The Main Building, built in 1909 as the Crown Prince’s Palace, is noted for a sumptuous appearance of European palace in the Neo-Baroque style. The Front Garden and the Main garden are also Neo-Baroque in design.
Inside, the Main Building is distinguished by luxurious interior decoration and appointments. Visit official chambers used for such occasions as state dinners and signing ceremonies, and catch a glimpse of the modern and contemporary history of Japan’s diplomacy.
The Japanese-style Annex, built in 1974, is named “Yûshintei”. Through a guided tour, discover architectural expressions of Japanese hospitality, such as: the main Japanese-style room of 47 tatamis overlooking the Japanese garden, a koi carp pond and a “tsubo-niwa” (small landscape garden created in an open space surrounded by rooms).
Place name Akasaka Palace State Guest House (in Japanese) 迎賓館 赤坂離宮 Website go to website Phone 03-5728-7788 Telephone service for public visit Dates Open year round (on specified days)
*see the Cabinet Office’s website above for calendar
- Front Garden: 10 am – 5 pm (last admission 4:30 pm; no advance reservation required)
- Main Building & Main Garden: 10 am – 5 pm (last admission 4 pm; make a reservation online, or pick up a numbered ticket on the spot)
- Japanese-style Annex: 10:30 am, 11:30 am, 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm and 3:30 pm (guided visit of about 40 min; online reservation prerequisite)
- Front Garden: free
- Main Building & Main Garden – ￥1000 for adults; ￥500 for junior and senior high school students (group rates available)
- Japanese-style Annex: ￥1500 for adults; ￥700 for junior and senior high school students
Remarks *See the Cabinet Office’s website for details on reservation, admission and restrictions Address 2-1-1 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo Getting there
- 7 min walk from Yotsuya Station (JR Chuo Line & Sobu Line: Akasaka Exit)
- 7 min walk from Yotsuya Station (Tokyo Métro Marunouchi Line: Exit 1)
- 7 min walk from Yotsuya Station (Tokyo Metro Namboku Line: Exit 2)
* The above is the information known at the time of publication and subject to change without prior notice.