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Updated: December 1, 2022
In order to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), various facilities around Tokyo may change their operating days or hours. In addition, some events may be canceled or postponed. Please check official facility or event websites for the latest updates and information.
During this special annual New Year's event, the grounds of the Imperial Palace are open to the general public. On January 2nd, visitors gather in the square by Chowa-Den Hall to express their good wishes for the upcoming year. This is a unique opportunity for you to see the Emperor, Empress and other members of the Imperial Family.
To see the Imperial Family, enter the palace grounds through Nijubashi, the main gate. Then, make your way toward the East Gardens, and exit through either the Sakashita-mon Gate or Kikyo-mon Gate.
In 2023, the Shinnen Ippan Sanga will be held for the first time in three years in the East Gardens. A special guestbook will be available to sign in front of the Imperial Household Agency building. In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, people wishing to attend the event in the East Gardens must apply in advance. The Imperial Family are scheduled to make six appearances throughout the day.
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