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Updated: December 10, 2018

Shinnen Ippan Sanga (New Year’s visit of the public to the Imperial Palace) 新年一般参賀

Tokyo Imperial Palace, 1-1 Chiyoda, Chiyoda City, Tokyo

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During this special annual New Year's event, the grounds of the Imperial Palace are open to the general public. On Wednesday, 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. There are five scheduled appearances from 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.

How to Get There

  • Nijubashimae Station | 11 min on foot
    Chiyoda Line
  • Hibiya Station | 12 min on foot
    Hibiya Line | Mita Line


Your current location:

Central Tokyo

Tokyo Station & Marunouchi


Opening Hours

  • 9:30-14:10

    First appearance: around 10:10
    Second appearance: around 11:00
    Third appearance: around 11:50
    Fourth appearance: around 13:30
    Fifth appearance: around 14:20


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