Visit of the General Public to the Palace for the New Year Greeting

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Visit of the General Public to the Palace
for the New Year Greeting
(Photo:Imperial Household Agency)
  • Date:
    • January 2, 2020
  • Hours:
    • 9:30 a.m. - 2:10 p.m. (entry up to 2:10 p.m.)
  • Entrance:
    • Main Gate (Nijubashi)
  • Exits:
    • Sakashita-mon Gate, Kikyo-mon Gate, Ote-mon Gate, Inui-mon Gate
  • Appearances:
    • First Appearance: Around 10:10 a.m.
    • Second Appearance: Around 11:00 a.m.
    • Third Appearance: Around 11:50 a.m.
    • Fourth Appearance: Around 1:30 p.m.
    • Fifth Appearance: Around 2:20 p.m.

The entrance gate for the visitors will close at 2:10 p.m. Please arrive well in advance of the closing time, as there will be baggage inspection at the gate. It may take more than 2 hour to get to the Main Gate from the Front Plaza of Imperial Palace due to a large turnout. We ask for your cooperation with the guidance issued on the spot in view of the closing times.

The visit of the General Public to the Imperial Palace grounds on January 2, 2020 for the New Year’s celebration will be conducted as follows:

  • 1.Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress will appear at the balcony of the Chowa-Den Hall to greet the visitors gathered in the Totei (East Court) five times.
    • First Appearance: Around 10:10 a.m.
    • Second Appearance: Around 11:00 a.m.
    • Third Appearance: Around 11:50 a.m.
    • Fourth Appearance: Around 1:30 p.m.
    • Fifth Appearance: Around 2:20 p.m.

    Entrance Gate:

    • Main Gate (Nijubashi) (9:30 a.m. - 2:10 p.m. (entry up to 2:10 p.m.))

    Exit Gates:

    • Sakashita-mon Gate, Kikyo-mon Gate, Ote-mon Gate, Inui-mon Gate.
  • 2.The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace are closed on the day.However the departing visitors may walk through the East Gardens and exit from Ote-mon Gate.

  • 3.A large number of visitors are expected to come to the Imperial Palace grounds for the occasion. Please bear in mind the following points:
    • (1)The entrance gate for the visitors will close at 2:10 p.m. Please arrive well in advance of the closing time, as there will be baggage inspection at the gate. It may take more than 2 hour to get to the Main Gate from the Front Plaza of Imperial Palace due to a large turnout. We ask for your cooperation with the guidance issued on the spot in view of the closing time.
    • (2)Visitors will to enter the Imperial Palace grounds in lines, to be formed before passing the entrance gate: visitors are asked to stay in line and not to hold up procession.
    • (3) In order to lessen congestion and prevent possible danger, bag inspection and security check will be conducted. Please keep your personal belongings to a minimum by leaving your carry-on bags and other large items in station lockers, etc. Your cooperation is appreciated.
    • (4)As there are slopes inside the Imperial Palace grounds, please be careful not to trip in the crowd, especially, when wearing high-heeled shoes or sandals.
    • (5)Entrance is not allowed from gates designated as exits neither in the morning nor in the afternoon.
  • 4.Entrance is not allowed at the gate for those who:

    bring an animal with them (except for guide dogs);

    carry dangerous objects, flagstaffs, 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; or

    behave in any other ways deemed harmful to the management of the event.

  • 5.Visitors who conduct 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)Use photo tools, such as selfie sticks, tripods, and stepladders, which can disturb other people, or take photograph or movie for commercial purposes;
    • (5)Organize an assembly or stage a demonstration;
    • (6)Affix a poster, or distribute or disperse fliers; or
    • (7)Commit any other acts deemed harmful to the management of the event, such as violating order or discipline in the Imperial Palace grounds.
  • 6.Miscellaneous
    • (1)In case of severe weather conditions, members of the Imperial Family might refrain from appearing at the balcony.
    • (2)No parking space is available at the site.
    • (3)There are special designated spaces available for wheelchair users.
    • (4)However, there is no rental wheelchair available, so visitors should bring one, if necessary.

Number of the General Public Visitors to the Imperial Palace for the New Year Greeting

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