Visit of the General Public to the Palace for His Majesty's Birthday

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Visit of the General Public to the Palace
for His Majesty's Birthday
(Photo:Imperial Household Agency)
  • Date:
    • December 23, 2016
  • Entrance:
    • Main Gate (Nijubashi)
      (9:30 a.m. - 11:20 a.m.)
  • Exits:
    • Sakashita-mon Gate, Kikyo-mon Gate, Ote-mon Gate, Hirakawa-mon Gate and Kitahanebashi-mon Gate.
  • Appearances:
    • Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress, Their Imperial Highnesses the Crown Prince and Crown Princess, Their Imperial Highnesses Prince and Princess Akishino, Her Imperial Highness Princess Mako and Her Imperial Highness Princess Kako.
    • First Appearance: Around 10:20 a.m.
    • Second Appearance: Around 11:00 a.m.
    • Third Appearance: Around 11:40 a.m.
Signing of the Greeting Book
(Photo:Imperial Household Agency)

Signing of the Greeting Book

On the occasion of the Emperor's Birthday, the Greeting Book is open for the well-wishers from 0:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in front of the Imperial Household Building.

The Greeting Book will be duly forwarded to its highest destination as the expression of your warm congratulations.

The well-wishers are requested to write their full name and the name of prefecture (country of origin: in case of foreigner) on the Greeting Book. The stationery is prepared at the desk.

  • Entrance:
    • Sakashita-mon Gate
  • Exits:
    • Kikyo-mon Gate, Ote-mon Gate, Hirakawa-mon Gate and Kitahanebashi-mon Gate.
    • (Exit Gates Close at 4:00 p.m.)
  • 1.The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace are closed on the Emperor's Birthday. But well-wishers, when leaving the Imperial Palace Grounds, can go through the East Gardens and exit from Ote-mon Gate, Hirakawa-mon Gate or Kitahanebashi-mon Gate.
  • 2.A large number of well-wishers are expected to come to the Imperial Palace Grounds on the Emperor's Birthday. Please bear in mind the following points:
    • (1)The entrance gate for well-wishers in the morning will close at 11:20 a.m.. in the afternoon at 3:30 p.m.. Well-wishers are asked to arrive well in advance of closure time since their belongings are inspected when they enter the gate.
    • (2)Well-wishers are requested to enter the Imperial Palace Grounds in lines, to be formed before passage through the designated gates: the Main Gate in the morning, and Sakashita-mon Gate in the afternoon. Well-wishers are also asked to stay in line and not to hold up its procession.
    • (3)To avoid congestion and possible danger,well-wishers are requested to refrain from bringing unnecessary luggages and large baggages with them.
      If necessary, they will be asked to deposit their belongings outside the gate through which they enter.
    • (4)Well-wishers may have to go through steep pathways in the Imperial Palace Grounds. There is danger of tripping in congestion, so please watch your step, especially when wearing high-heeled shoes or traditional clogs.
    • (5)Entrance is not allowed from the gates designated as exits. This applies in both the morning and the afternoon.
  • 3. Entrance is not allowed at the gate to those who:
    • bring an animal with them (except an assistance dog accompanying a physically handicapped person),
    • carry dangerous objects,
    • carry, flagstaff, small unmanned aircrafts (drones), large items of luggage that could impede the progress of the event or any other item that could harm or disturb other people;
    • behave in any other ways deemed harmful to the management of the event.
  • 4.Well-wishers who commit any of the following acts in the Imperial Palace Grounds may be asked to leave the site:
    • (1)Enter into off-limit zones,
    • (2)Pose a risk of fire, such as smoking,
    • (3)Destroy or remove Palace facilities and other objects,
    • (4)Using photo tools, such as selfie sticks, tripods, and stepladders, which can disturb other people. Taking a photograph or movie for commercial purposes,
    • (5)Organize an assembly or stage a demonstration,
    • (6)Affixe a poster, or distribute or disperse fliers,
    • (7)Commit any other acts deemed harmful to the management of the event, such as violating order or discipline in the Imperial Palace Grounds.
  • 5.Miscellaneous
    • (1)In case of severe weather conditions, members of the Imperial Family might refrain from appearing on the balcony.
    • (2)No parking spaces is available at the site.