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Updated: March 26, 2019

State Guest House Akasaka Palace 迎賓館赤坂離宮

2-1-1, Moto-Akasaka, Minato City, Tokyo

Tour this grand palace built for the Crown Prince

Originally built as a residence for the Crown Prince of the Imperial Family, State Guest House, Akasaka Palace is now an official accommodation for visiting state dignitaries. A portion of the palace is open to the public for tours.


  • Take in the grandeur of this western-style palace and Japanese aesthetic, such as bronze Japanese suits of armor and cloisonne.
  • No reservation necessary to visit the Main Building and Gardens, please visit on the day directly to the west Gate.

This impressive palace is one of two residences belonging to the Japanese government. The palace was built in 1909 in the European Neo-Baroque style, closely resembling Buckingham Palace. It was designed by Katayama Tokuma, a student of British architect Josiah Conder, who designed many public buildings in Tokyo and became a controversial symbol of westernization during the Meiji era (1868-1912).

Rent audio guide and discover more about the palace, such as a selection of its ornately decorated rooms at the main building. Audio guides are available in five languages: English, French, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese and Korean. Visits to the Japanese Style Annex are available with English guided trip in the afternoon. Make a reservation online to make your trip smoother. If the trip doesn’t reach the fixed number on the day, it is possible to sign up for the trip at the reception desk.

How to Get There

  • Yotsuya Station | Akasaka Exit | 7 min on foot
    JR Chuo Line | JR Sobu Line
  • Yotsuya Station | Exit 1 | 7 min on foot
    Marunouchi Line
  • Yotsuya Station | Exit 2 | 7 min on foot
    Namboku Line

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Opening Hours

  • 10:00-17:00
    Last admission: 16:00
    Opening hours may change due to additional events.


Cash |

Main Building and Garden

The ticket prices are different due to the visit plan and period, please check full information on the official website.


College student

Senior/Junior High student

Children of elementary age or younger

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Facility Info

  • Restrooms | Dining facilities | Money exchange |
  • Non-smoking
  • English |
  • English | Chinese (simplified) | Korean |
  • Handrails | Wheelchair ramp | Wheelchair accessible elevator | Accessible restrooms | Accessible communication formats |

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