Procession of horse-drawn carriages at the Ceremony of the Presentation of Credentials

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Ceremonial carriages arrive at the South Porch after passing through the Imperial Palace’s Main Gate and Inner Gate

Planned processions of horse-drawn carriages at the Ceremony of the Presentation of Credentials

The Imperial Household Agency announces planned processions of horse-drawn carriages as part of the Ceremony of the Presentation of Credentials as appropriate.

If you watch the carriages, you are requested to keep quiet and keep out of the procession.

If the weather is stormy on the day, the procession may use limousines instead of horse-dawn carriages.

Horse-drawn carriage routes for the Ceremony of the Presentation of Credentials
Arriving:
Meiji Seimei Kan Building >>>Babasakimon intersection (turn right) >>>Kokyogaien National Gardens (the Imperial Palace Outer Gardens) >>>Imperial Palace Main Gate >>>Imperial Palace South Porch
Returning:
Imperial Palace South Porch >>>Imperial Palace Main Gate >>>Kokyogaien National Gardens (the Imperial Palace Outer Gardens) >>>Wadakuramon intersection (turn right) >>>Meiji Seimei Kan Building

About the horse-drawn carriages

During the Ceremony of the Presentation of Credentials, ceremonial horse-drawn carriages welcome newly appointed ambassadors to Japan and convey them from the Meiji Seimei Kan Building to the Imperial Palace South Porch.

Only a few countries worldwide, among them the United Kingdom and Spain, use horse-drawn carriages to welcome newly appointed ambassadors. In Japan, many ambassadors express a preference for the carriages over a conventional motorcade, attesting to the success of the ceremony in promoting international goodwill.

The ceremonial carriages used to welcome ambassadors are drawn by two horses and known as zagyoshiki. Most were manufactured from the end of the Meiji period to the beginning of the Showa period and have artistic value.

Processions of horse-drawn carriages are also used in Imperial Household ceremonies such as the accession of the Emperor to the throne and weddings of members of the Imperial Family.