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Updated: October 6, 2023

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 an 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 six languages: Japanese, English, French, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese and Korean. Visits to the Japanese Style Annex are available with English guided trips in the afternoon. Make a reservation online to make your trip smoother.

How to Get There

  • Yotsuya StationMarunouchi LineExit 1Approximately 7 min on foot


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Opening Hours

  • 10:00-17:00

    *Varies by floor, store, and/or facility
    *Varies depending on screening or exhibition schedule
    *Last entry 60 minutes before closing
  • Closing days: WednesdaysNew Year's holidaysIf a scheduled closing falls on a public holiday, the facility will remain open on the holiday and close the next day.


General admission: 1500 yen


Varies per exhibition or screeningVaries per establishment

Facility Info

  • RestroomsNon-smoking areasWiFi
  • JapaneseEnglish
  • JapaneseEnglishChinese (simplified)Korean
  • Wheelchair rampWheelchair accessible elevatorMulti-purpose toiletWheelchair loanAccessible communication formats

For updated information on opening hours, closings, prices, and more, please check the official website or ask the facility directly.